Intercontinental Cup, New Williamfield, Stirling (day three of four)

Scotland: 233

Afghanistan: 96-8

Match scorecard

Scotland are well on top in their Intercontinental Cup clash with Afghanistan but time is running out for victory in a rain-affected match.

Con de Lange marked his Scotland debut with 3-9 from nine overs, taking a wicket with his first delivery.

That helped to leave the visitors on 96-8 in Stirling, 137 runs behind Scotland’s first innings total.

But the Scots have it all do with an innings each still to be squeezed in on the final day and more rain predicted.

Having lost the first day and a half to the wet weather, there was more frustration on Thursday as the umpires were forced to delay play until just before 15:00 GMT while the outfield dried out.

The Scots resumed on 227-8 but added just six more runs before tailenders Alasdair Evans and Safyaan Sharif fell.

Afghanistan got off to a terrible start in response as Javed Ahmadi was trapped lbw by Evans for just two runs and wickets continued to tumble.

Having qualified through residency regulations at the age of 34, De Lange trapped Rahmat Shah lbw with his opening delivery, then took care of Mirwais Ashraf and Yamin Ahmadzai with back-to-back balls.

“It was a bit of a dream come true, you play that first ball over in your head, and thankfully it worked out exactly as I hoped it would,” the South Africa-born left-arm seamer told the Cricket Scotland website. 

“I’m an older lad, but the environment that has been created in the Scotland squad is really exciting, and I’m proud and honoured to be part of that and I’ll give my all during my time here.”

Captain Preston Mommsen was Scotland’s top scorer in their first innings, with 77, while Hamish Gardiner got to 46.