Wet outfield and overcast conditions force officials to call off play in ICC Intercontinental Cup tie
The first day of the four-day match between Scotland and Afghanistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled after early morning drizzle and wet out field didn’t allow play to commence at the New Williamfield No. 1 Oval in Stirling in the first round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup on Tuesday (June 2).
The drizzle that began early in the morning never quite went away, and the repeated reappearance of rain made the outfield worse. The sun did make an appearance close to 2pm when the umpires came out for the inspection, but with dark clouds hovering and windy conditions around, there remained little chance of play starting, even though there was the provision to extend play by an hour and half, till 7.30 pm.
The last inspection took place at 3.30 pm, after which Allan Haggo and Gregory Brathwaite, the umpires, decided there would be no play possible on the first day. Play will begin early on Wednesday to make up for the lost overs.
This edition of the Intercontinental Cup gives the winner of the eight-team round-robin competition will play the tenth ranked side on the ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 31 December 2017) in the four-match ICC Test Challenge in 2018. If the Associate Member wins the series, to be played on a home and away basis, then it will become the 11th Test nation.
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