Rain ruins South Africa-West Indies World Cup tie in Southampton
Persistent drizzle at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton gave the ground staff very little time to keep the playing surface dry for the pool game. between South Africa and West Indies, to take its full course.
South Africa - 29-2 (7.3 Overs)
Result - No Result - Rain
Play was initially interrupted in the eighth over of South Africa batting and with no prospect of further play possible, the match was officially, called off at 4.15pm by John Wilson and Rod Tucker - the two Australian umpires.
A South Africa -West Indies cricket clash, ever since the two teams met for the first time, in the 1992 World Cup, remains an eagerly awaited fixture. The reshaping of South Africa in the post-apartheid era has allowed sports and cricket in particular to help heal those wounds of the sorry past. The two proud cricket nations have grown to respect each other and enjoy the intense sporting rivalry.
South Africa with three defeats on the bounce in the World Cup, perhaps are only one loss away from making it almost impossible to emerge as a contender for a semi-final slot. Each game has a knockout feel to it for the Proteas, from now on. The beauty of a single-league format is that it allows teams opportunity to come back into the tournament, after a poor start which South Africa has made with defeats against England, Bangladesh and India. A win against West Indies would have certainly lifted the whole squad that is dealing with injuries to its key players.
The forecast of rain was for the entire day at Southampton and it was a surprise for the game to kick off on time at 10.30am. Shortly though, after 7.3 overs and South Africa struggling at 29-2, rain did arrive for the ground staff to protect both the pitch and the entire square. It was so grey and dark, even the floodlights came on and stayed as such, for the entire wet weather break.
Despite the poor forecast, the supporters of both teams arrived with great enthusiasm. The dismal conditions left the crowd to entertain itself with vintage World Cup footage, dating back to the inaugural 1975 Prudential World Cup to the more recent edition of 2015, shown on the two massive screens.
The SuperSoppers got into the act at the Ageas Bowl, once the drizzle stopped around 1 pm only for another band of rain to arrive and kill off any chances of resumption of play. The ground staff, for beat part of the day, was simply fighting a losing battle against mother nature. A point each for South Africa and West Indies in a washout.
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