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Intercontinental Cup: Scotland staring down of huge defeat against Ireland

Paul Stirling: Top-scored for Ireland with 65 on day three

Ireland are closing in on an innings victory after completely dominating the third day of their Intercontinental Cup clash with Scotland in Dublin.

The hosts were dismissed for 350 in their first innings at Clontarf before reducing Scotland to 143-8 in their second innings, leaving Preston Mommsen's side still trailing by 69 runs.

Max Sorensen destroyed the Scots' top order, taking 4-32 runs as Scotland's second batting effort started as badly as their first.

Scotland were struggling to see out the third day's play on 41-6 but before Majid Haq (31 not out) and Safyaan Sharif (60) stopped the rot.

Ireland started in the morning on 99-1 after a rain-affected second day and both John Anderson (56) and Paul Stirling (65) knocked up half-centuries in a steady display from the home side.

Haq (4-69) and Moneeb Iqbal (4-68) gave Scotland hope, although that did not last long as Sorensen set about them.

Hamish Gardiner followed his first-innings duck with a score of six, and his fellow opener Freddie Coleman experienced the ignominy of a no-score.

The four batsmen who fell to Sorensen scored a combined 10 runs, with Mommsen (3) and Calum MacLeod (1) also victims of the South African-born seamer.

But Sharif again top-scored for Scotland, adding a half-century to his first-innings total of 41, before being caught out by a fantastic full-length left-handed catch by Ireland captain William Porterfield.