For anyone who had looked at the forecast and had a little experience of Dutch weather, there were only two ways that the first WCL Championship match between the Netherlands and Scotland could end.

One was that, always provided there was a window of opportunity in which some play was possible, the Scots finished the job they had started on Monday in double-quick time and then knocked off the necessary runs in a handful of overs before the heavens opened once more.

The other was that much of the day would be spent watching the rain fall and waiting for the covers to be briefly removed before they had to be put back on again, until the umpires accepted the inevitable and the captains shook hands.

After a morning of mopping up, play finally got under way an hour and a quarter late, with the Dutch resuming on 74 for five. There had been no reduction in the overs, and Roelof van der Merwe and Pieter Seelaar quickly demonstrated that they were intent on continuing their side's recovery.

The Scottish seam attack found conditions less favourable than they had been on Monday, and the bowling seemed a good deal less menacing as the batsmen took their stand past fifty.

There was a stroke of luck for Seelaar when he was dropped at square leg of Josh Davey's second over of the morning, but thereafter neither seemed in any serious trouble and they were quick to punish anything loose.

Preston Mommsen turned to spin, first to Con de Lange and then to Michael Leask, but without success. Seelaar was the first to his half-century, his first in List A matches, which came from 77 deliveries, Van der Merwe's coming four overs later from one ball fewer.

By now it seemed that further rain could not be far off, but there was time for Van der Merwe and Seelaar to break the Dutch List A record for the sixth wicket before the drizzle started.

Five balls later, with the stand extended to 126 and the total on 161, Alasdair Evans got one past an attempted drive by Seelaar and sent the stumps flying. He had made 68 from 104 deliveries, with three fours and one huge six off De Lange.

The rain had now become heavy enough to take the players off, with Van der Merwe not out on 62, and the balance of the match had shifted in the space of those 20 overs towards the home side.

What followed was more than four hours of pure frustration, punctuated by speculation about how Messrs Duckworth and Lewis might deal with various scenarios. But the possible outcomes had long since been reduced to one, and the coup de grāce was finally administered at ten to six.

The sides will be back again on Wednesday to try to play the second and final match of the series, but the meteorologists give very little hope that this game will turn out very differently.