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It takes a brave man to say that a Mannofield pitch will take spin before a ball is bowled but Ireland coach Phil Simmons got it right yesterday in going into their Intercontinental Cup clash against Scotland with three spinners.

However, he was let down by his players as the three-times champions and holders conceded a dominant position at lunch to be under the cosh by the close.

Ireland, despite going into the game with arguably their strongest ever batting line-up — Regan West was No 11 — lost their last eight wickets for 62, five of them to off spinner Majid Haq and then watched, almost helplessly, as Scotland reduced the deficit by 76.

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