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Intercontinental Cup: Paul Stirling makes fifty but rain frustrates Ireland in Dublin

Paul Stirling: Reached fifty before the rain intervened in Dublin

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Ireland were frustrated by the rain on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie with Scotland but not before Paul Stirling reached his half-century.

Ireland finished the second day by consolidating their strong position on 99-1, 39 runs behind the Scots with nine wickets remaining - but only 21 overs were played because of the rain in Dublin.

Ireland resumed on 35 without loss and Iain Wardlaw took the first wicket in the 13th over when he trapped captain William Porterfield lbw for 30.

Wardlaw also bowled four maiden overs but Stirling had struck his 50th run from 73 balls, a total which included eight fours, just before rain forced a premature stop early in the day.

He was assisted by John Anderson, who will resume on Friday on 17 not out.