Another rainy Friday, another Dolphins downer

2013-02-16 00:00

IT could become a Trivial Pursuits topic or the million rand question on Who wants to be a Millionaire: What do the Dolphins and Friday have in common? The answer is rain.

Yet again, the Dolphins were prevented from taking the field last night, this time for the opening Ram Slam T20 encounter against the Titans at Kingsmead in Durban as persistent drizzle soaked the ground, preventing a ball being bowled.

Rain set in from early afternoon, and despite optimism that some play might be possible, the weather gods decreed otherwise and consigned the Dolphins to their all-too familiar fate of rain stopping play.

It’s been a frustrating season for the Dolphins, with numerous four-day and one-day games either abandoned or ruined, preventing them from gaining any momentum and being a threat in both competitions.

Last season and in this season so far, 13 limited-overs matches have been ruined by rain for the Dolphins, many of them on Friday nights.

This season alone, in the One-day Cup, three out of five home games were called off, and the T20 competition has started in the same way.

With new sponsors and new entertainment for young and old spectators, the season’s opening match was set to provide all the razzmatazz that goes with the 20-over format.

Sadly, it ended as a rather damp squib at a deserted Kingsmead as the pitch covers captured puddles of water.

Only one floodlight was powered and the signs were there that this was going nowhere, as not even the toss was possible.

It was a pity as Dolphins captain Daryn Smit and his men were looking forward to maintaining their hold over the Titans, having beaten them twice in the four-day competition and one-day cup this season.

For once the Dolphins are riding the crest of a wave, having rediscovered their winning ways at the end of the four-day series, and are hungry for more.

Both sides took two points from the game and the Dolphins will be hoping to get their campaign under way properly next Friday, when the Lions visit Kingsmead.

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