Rain halts proceedings in Dublin

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Just 21 overs were bowled on the second day of the Intercontinental Cup clash between Ireland and Scotland in Dublin, as the umpires were forced to call a premature halt to proceedings.

Just 21 overs were bowled on the second day of the Intercontinental Cup clash between Ireland and Scotland in Dublin, as the umpires were forced to call a premature halt to proceedings as the square and outfield were left sodden thanks to persistent rain.

In the 90 minutes of play that was possible in Clontarf, Ireland continued their domination of the encounter by taking advancing to 99/1, just thirty-nine runs behind the visitors' paltry first innings score of 138 all out.

Paul Stirling showcased his ability and temperament to adapt to the longer-format with an impressive innings, which contained no fewer than boundaries as he scored his fifth First-class fifty before the heavens opened shortly after midday, signalling the end of the day's play despite the best efforts of the ground staff.

Stirling and John Anderson (17 not out) shared an unbroken stand of exactly fifty after Irish captain William Porterfield was trapped lbw by Iain Wardlaw for 30 – the only bright point of yet another frustrating day for the Scots.

<b>Ryan Bailey</b>

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