Ireland's Academy batted through a rain shortened day to earn a draw against Gloucestershire 2nd XI in Bristol with fifties from Alistair Frost and Mitchell Thompson (pictured right) who was 69* when the captains shook hands.

Ireland had started the day on 108, only 26 runs ahead with four wickets down and batted watchfully adding only 12 runs in the first 12 overs of the day.

They had progressed to 172 when rain interrupted proceedings and prompted lunch to be taken.

When play resumed the not out pair both moved on to complete half-centuries, Thompson's off 132 balls and with only 3 boundaries, while Frost's came off 143 deliveries with 4 boundaries.

Slow going yes, but the pair had done all that was asked of them, seeing their side to a position of safety with their partnership worth an invaluable 98 runs.

When Frost departed McGuire and Rock were both out bowled by Josh Shaw to give him the best figures for the home side.

The game ended when the captains shook hands just into the last hour with 15 overs remaining and the Irish lead a healthy 153.

Valuable batting time and runs for a number of the Irish squad and while the bowlers may have found it hard going against some young talented county players the opportunity to play multi-day cricket is something that will be valuable experience for all concerned.

Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Ireland Academy at Bristol CC, 3-6 September. Match Drawn.

Ireland Academy 289 (108.1 overs: N Rock 57, C McLoughlin-Gavin 51, G Hume 47, N McGuire 34, M Thompson 34; M Taylor 5-30, L Charlesworth 2-20, J Worgan 2-60)

Ireland Academy 235/7 (92 overs: M Thompson 69*, A Frost 50, J Tector 44, R Allen 31; J Shaw 3-43)

Gloucestershire CCC 2nd XI 371 (113.4 overs: G Roderick 83, B Charlesworth 77, T Price 77, M Taylor 50; G Hume 3-45, M Thompson 3-64)