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Rain rescues Scotland on final day

The inclement Scottish weather came to the home team's rescue on the final day

Ireland must settle for three points as no play is possible in Aberdeen

Netherlands v Afghanistan starts on Monday

The inclement Scottish weather came to the home team's rescue on the final day of its ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Ireland at Mannofield.

Precariously placed overnight needing an unlikely 226 to win with just five wickets remaining, Scotland's players would not have been too upset when they woke up to see the rain leaking from the Aberdeen sky.

Although it did threaten to brighten up at various stages during the day, a heavy downpour in the early afternoon removed all doubt and the match was abandoned shortly before 1500 (local time) with large puddles of standing water making play impossible.

Having secured a first-inning lead, Scotland takes away nine points compared to Ireland's three so Gordon Drummond and his men will have good reason to be pleased with how it panned out in the end.

It was a top-class second-innings performance from Ireland, particularly from captain William Porterfield, whose 118 set up what could have been a winning lead for the defending champion but for the intervention of the weather.

For the home team, spinner Majid Haq was outstanding with a match contribution of 60.1-15-118-9 while Ireland's top performer with the ball was also a slow bowler as left-armer Regan West took 8-103, including 7-88 in the first innings.

The next match in the ICC Intercontinental Cup will take place between the Netherlands and Afghanistan in Amstelveen starting on Monday. Afghanistan will be full of confidence having impressed during its drawn match with Zimbabwe XI in Mutare.

Brief score:

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At Mannofield, Aberdeen: Ireland 202 all out, 66.1 overs (William Porterfield 77; Majid Haq 5-30, Gordon Goudie 4-58) and 303 all out, 106.1 overs (William Porterfield 118, Andrew White 55, Jeremy Bray 33; Majid Haq 4-88, Gordon Goudie 4-61)

Scotland 208 all out, 82.4 overs (Qasim Sheikh 100 not out; Regan West 7-88, Kyle McCallan 2-54) and 72-5, 31 overs (Andre Botha 2-16)

Match drawn

The ICC Intercontinental Cup has quickly grown in stature and profile since its inception five years ago and now the ICC's premier first-class tournament is an integral part of the Associate Members' cricket schedule.

Having previously been designed around a four-group, three-day format and later a two-group format, the event then evolved into an eight-team, round-robin and truly global tournament featuring four-day cricket which gives those teams who do not play Test cricket the chance to experience the longer form of the game.

This year's format will include seven teams (Afghanistan, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and Zimbabwe XI) while a new competition, the ICC Intercontinental Shield will involve four teams below that, namely Bermuda, Namibia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

Scotland won the first ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004, beating Canada in the final, while Ireland has been victorious in all three events since then, beating Kenya in the 2005 decider, Canada in the 2006-07 event and Namibia in 2007-08.

For more information go to: www.icc-cricket.com

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