17.45: BAD NEWS: THAT'S IT FOR THE DAY! The umpires have been out and met the groundsmen, and decided that there is no way England could face 20 overs in their innings, and so the match has been abandoned. Frustrating news for both sides, but it has been a good day all round. England will have benefitted from the workout in the field, and for Scotland they have shown plenty of spirit in recovering from that poor start. And for the 6,000 crowd, they have enjoyed the day thoroughly, despite the weather. Make sure you stick around for all the latest cricket news; but that's it for Cowers for the day. Bye now.
17.00: Fairly bleak, I'm afraid. It is still raining fairly heavily over the ground and although the skies from where the weather is coming from are a little brighter, the clouds are fairly slow moving.
England 10-0 (2.4 overs): RAIN IS BACK, AND THE PLAYERS ARE OFF! The rain is heavier now, and the umpires have taken the players off. Bad news; it is coming down quite heavily. The clouds have been brewing, and it is coming down cats and dogs now.
England 10-0 (2 overs): There is just a bit of rain in the air; it was predicted that it might come about this time, and come fairly heavily, too. The groundstaff are loitering with intent; perhaps they know something more. England need to bat for 20 overs for a result to be possible, otherwise it would be a washout...
England 6-0 (1 over): Bell and Prior are the England openers. Bell impresses with a superb drive for four, past the bowler to the fence. England won't want to make too big a deal of this; they'll want to make a good start and push on, get the match finished before any more rain comes. The revised target, thanks to Duckworth-Lewis, is 159.
England 0-0 (0 overs): England have a very attacking batting line up this afternoon, although the Scotland seamers are a disciplined, line-and-length sort of bunch who will get plenty of assistance out of this wicket. An early blow or two, and the Scots will scent an upset...
Scotland 156-9 (44 overs) END OF INNINGS: Flintoff bowls Blain with a pacey delivery in the final over...and follows it up next ball with a yorker, cleaning out Nel's stumps...hat-trick ball...but Lyons denies him. There will be just a ten-minute turnaround before the England chase.
Scotland 141-7 (42 overs): Flintoff is coming in for a bit of tap as the Scotland tail-end try to push on; a fine edge flies through third man for four, while another ball is tickled off Blain's legs for another boundary. Nice acceleration from the Scotland batsmen.
Scotland 129-7 (40 overs): HAMILTON GOES! Flintoff picks up the wicket of the opener for 60, excellently caught behind by wicketkeeper Prior, diving to his left. Good knock from Hamilton, despite being dropped twice earlier on. His knock has given Scotland a chance at a respectable total and the chance to put England under some pressure.
Scotland 122-6 (38 overs): Two balls after Hamilton slams Broad for another impressive six over the bowler's head, Wright is bowled by Broad with one which nips back into him.
Scotland 115-5 (37 overs): The KP experiement has been short-lived; the skipper realises he is being a bit too expenseive to keep in the attack. Anderson is back into the attack. Patel is lofted for a huge six over mid-wicket when the spinner drops short. Hamilton brings up his half-century with a nice single; good knock, helping his side recover from an awful start. Dropped twice on 24, though...
Scotland 105-5 (35 overs): The innings has been reduced to 44 overs per side, so Scotland have decided to put their foot down as much as they can. KP has decided to stick with spin so that England can speed up the over-rate as much as possible. However, there have been reports that more rain will be on the way from about four o'clock...
Scotland 93-5 (33 overs): We're back in action. Pietersen has brought himself into the attack; with a wet outfield and a damp ball, it isn't the ideal conditions for spin, so presumably, the captain wants to hussle through the overs so England can have a bat.
15.08 - The covers are coming off, the sawdust is being distributed. We are going to get some play fairly soon, I guess. There will be a reduction in the amount of overs, I imagine.
Scotland 87-5 (32 overs): One or two brollies going up around the ground, unfortunately. Hamilton reverse-sweeps Patel for four, past backwards point. The 6,000-strong crowd loved that one. BUT RAIN THEN GETS STRONGER, AND THE UMPIRES TAKE THE PLAYERS OFF!
Scotland 82-5 (29 overs): Anderson is brought back into the attack to try and keep the pressure on the batsmen with some away swing, but Hamilton resists. The runs have stopped...but the drizzle has started again. No movement from the umpires yet.
Scotland 78-5 (27 overs): FIRST WICKET FOR PATEL! McCallum perishes for two, his top-edged sweep easily taken at fine-leg. Scotland have just stuttered after that superb fourth-wicket stand, and England will be breathing a lot easier now.
Scotland 75-4 (25 overs): SMITH GOES! The batsman perishes, attempting to guide a shorter one from Broad over point for four...substitute fielder Cook takes the ball right on the rope, hands high above his head, down at third man. Great catch, and the pressure has finally brought England a wicket.
Scotland 73-3 (23 overs): Two goo, tight overs from Broad and Flintoff, who have stemmed the run-rate for the time-being. Patel comes into the attack for the first time in international cricket. Can't imagine there is a lot of spin in this wicket, but there you go.
Scotland 68-3 (21 overs): ANOTHER DROP! Smith attempts a huge shot...the ball goes high into the air...Wright is under it at third man...BUT HE DROPS IT! Bad mistake from the England fielder, and a second life in the space of two overs for the Scots!
Scotland 67-3 (20 overs): DROPPED! Flintoff takes the edge of Hamilton's bat...but Anderson, in the slip cordon for the first time that Cowers can remember, puts down a relatively simple catch...with Shah just failing to keep hold of the rebound, diving forward from first slip.
Scotland 61-3 (18 overs): Flintoff cracks Smith on the helmet with a short one; Scotland take a single down to fine-leg. Next ball, the bowler fizzes one past Hamilton's outside edge. England will be a little peeved they haven't got a fourth wicket, in these helpful conditions.
Scotland 51-3 (16 overs): The skies are probably about as bright as they have been all morning; the clouds seem very high at present. Hamilton gets four as he flashes hard at Flintoff, the ball flying off a thick outside edge through wide third-man. Flintoff doesn't look impressed.
Scotland 46-3 (14 overs): Flintoff and Broad have replaced Bresnan and Anderson; Smith and Hamilton are putting together a decent stand here after the disasterous opening to the Scottish innings. Smith has a very strange stance; very, very open, like a baseball batsman.
Scotland 41-3 (12 overs): ANOTHER SIX! Bresnan is given the treatment by Smith, who takes a couple of steps down the wicket before lauching a full one straight back over the bowler's head for a huge six. Great counter-attack from the Scots.
Scotland 34-3 (11 overs): Good over from Anderson; beating the bat a couple of times as the ball is still nipping about in the air. Hamilton is digging in; of course, he played a couple of times for England, a few years back.
Scotland 32-3 (10 overs): SIX! Top-edge from Smith as he attempts to hook Bresnan...Anderson looks interested down at fine-leg, but the ball flies over his head for a second maximum of the innings. Scotland are making a decent fist of this; even the best sides would struggle to bat in these conditions; really helpful for the bowlers.
Scotland 25-3 (9 overs): Much better from Scotland, who try to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Hamilton is unbeaten, and is going to need to stick around if Scotland are going to do anything here. The skies are getting a little grey...
Scotland 10-3 (7 overs): Hamilton is trying to play himself in, leaving as much as he can. With Anderson and Bresnan darting the ball away from him, it is a solid tactic - although not great in terms of run-scoring. Final ball of Anderson's over, Hamilton loses patience; he wanders down the wicket and crashes a big six over long-off.
Scotland 11-3 (6 overs): ANOTHER! Bresnan pitches full again, Poonia edges through to slip, where Patel takes the catch! Great start in very helpful conditions for England. We might only need an hour of clear weather for England to win this!
Scotland 10-2 (4 overs): GOT HIM! BRESNAN REMOVES COETZER! The seamer pitches one a bit fuller, gets some swing, and Flintoff takes the catch off the edge, low at second slip! Bresnan has made a decent start to the match; he doesn't bowl at the most lively of paces, but you know he is going to get everything out of the wicket that he possibly can.
Scotland 8-1 (2 overs) WICKET! England profit from some comedy confusion in the Scotland batsmen, debutant Patel racing in to collect and throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end as striker Hamilton refuses a quick single!
Scotland 6-0 (1 over): Anderson bowls the first over, to Scottish openers Hamilton and Watson. Hamilton edges an outswinger from the bowler, throught the slips for the first boundary of the innings. The match, by the way, has been reduced to 47 overs-per-side.
12.33: Incredibly, we're about to get underway! The rain has stopped, and the umpires have ushered everyone out on to the field before it can come back again. Great stuff!
12.26: Nope, got that one horribly wrong. It's lashing down again.
12.12 - We do have some good news now; it has definitely brightened up, and the local forecasters are saying that it should stay bright and dry for a couple of hours. We should, could get some play within the next 45 minutes or so. I'll keep you posted.
11.28 - Cowers hates being the messenger of bad news, but it has started raining again. The covers are just being brought back on. Boo.
10.52 - There is no chance of a prompt start, I'm afraid folks. But the skies are brightening up, and we should definitely get some cricket, at some stage today. Possibly not enough for a finish, but we'll have to see.
10.42 - England have chosen a very attacking batting line-up today; Broad is down to come in at number 10, that's an indicatin of its strength, with plenty of big hitters up front. It will also be interesting to see how Samit Patel gets on; he is a left-arm spinning all-rounder with the potential to put real pressure on Monty Panesar.
10.38 - The covers are back on, unfortunately. It is going to be an on-off day at best, I'm afraid.
10.34 - The rain has stopped enough for the players to get out for the toss - which England won and chose to field first. Here's the England side: Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen (capt), Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
10.20 - Scotland have nothing to lose and everything to gain here, and remember how bad a job England made of beating Ireland back in 2006?
10.15 - Hello there; welcome to our coverage of this historic ODI from Edinburgh; the first ever oneday international between England and Scotland. The bad news is the weather; it has been raining for most of the morning, and the forecast is for it to continue for most of the day.