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Day 1 of the Netherlands-Scotland game abandoned

Play to start early on second day to accommodate 104 overs instead of 96

Day 1 of the Netherlands-Scotland game abandoned - Cricket News

The opening day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup second-round clash between the Netherlands and Scotland was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague on Tuesday (September 8).

A brief spell of rain in the morning and the resultant damp outfield forced Peter Nero and C Shamsuddin, the umpires, to call off play after tea following a second inspection by the officials.

Play has been scheduled to start early on the second day in order to accommodate 104 overs instead of 96. 

After the first round, the Netherlands sits in sixth place with seven points, while 2004 winner Scotland is fourth with 13 points. An outright win would do both the teams a world of good, temporarily lifting them to the top of the table.

The winner of the tournament, being contested by eight teams, will qualify for the ICC Test Challenge and play the tenth-ranked Test side on a home-and-away basis in 2018. If the qualifier wins that contest, it will secure Test status until the next ICC Test Challenge, which will take place in 2022. 

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