Scotland v Ireland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, 1st day August 17, 2006

Scotland struggle after Langford-Smith's five

Cricinfo staff

Ireland 43 for 1 (Porterfield 19*, Botha 9*) trail Scotland 265 by 222 runs

David Langford-Smith took five wickets for Ireland on the first day of their Intercontinental Cup match at Aberdeen against Scotland who were dismissed for 265. Ryan Watson was the only top-order batsman to star for the home side with a pugnacious 74 before he was caught at deep backward square by Langford-Smith off the bowling of Trent Johnston, the Australia fast bowler.

Watson received little support from the Scotland middle-order until John Blain arrived at the crease, who proceeded to at last take command of the Ireland bowling, hitting 53 from 94 balls. In reply, Ireland lost Jeremy Bray in the slips and they now trail by 222 runs.