Scotland v Ireland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2nd day August 18, 2006

Five-star Brown wrecks Ireland

Cricinfo staff

Scotland 24 for 4 (Brown 2*, McCallum 0*, Johnston 3-12) and 265 lead Ireland 174 (Porterfield 48, Brown 5-37) by 115 runs

Dougie Brown took five wickets for Scotland to put them in a very strong position against Ireland after the first innings, as they dismissed them for just 174. But by the close Ireland had Scotland in all sorts of trouble at 24 for 4, leaving Scotland with a 115-run advantage.

Trent Johnston did the damage to Scotland's top order, taking three wickets, and he was joined in his efforts by Dave Langford-Smith who dismissed the opener Fraser Watts for just 1.

Earlier, William Porterfield had been the rock in Ireland's first innings before being caught at fourth slip off Gavin Hamilton. That was once play got underway after a slight delay. There were damp, misty conditions with the Scottish bowlers hoping to extract their share of assistance from the atmospheric conditions.

Then, after Brown had shown his first-class ability, Craig Wright wrapped up the innings with three wickets. Scotland's late wobble has thrown the game wide open but they will still be confident heading into the third day.