Rain ruins Scotland’s clash with Afghanistan at the Grange

Rahmat Shah, right, signals his century off 123 balls, with Najibullah Zadran, left, making 89 before the rain fell. Picture:  Donald MacLeod

Rahmat Shah, right, signals his century off 123 balls, with Najibullah Zadran, left, making 89 before the rain fell. Picture: Donald MacLeod

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Carlton bowler Ali Evans took a wicket, but Scotland and Afghanistan’s first One Day International was cut short by the rain yesterday.

At the Grange ground in Stockbridge there was disappointment for Heriot’s spinner Mark Watt when he was left out of the starting XI.

Captain Preston Mommsen, of Mazars Grange, won the toss and put Afghanistan in to bat and it looked to be the right decision when a wicket fell in the third over. Brad Wheal had Noor Ali Zadran caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Cross for one.

Mohammad Shahzad was then out LBW to seamer Evans, who had been presented with his 50th cap before play began, and Afghanistan were 39-2.

However, that brought Rahmat Shah to the crease and he went on to play a fine innings. Despite being on and off for rain a few times he kept his concentration to make his first-ever ODI century.

He was given good support by Najibullah Zadran who made 89 not out and by the time the match was abandoned just after 5pm Afghanistan had made 283-4 in the 48th over.

The second ODI between the sides takes place tomorrow at the same ground.