Dolphins’ match abandoned

2013-12-14 00:00

UMPIRES Gerrie Pienaar and Ian Howell decided to call time on the Sunfoil Series Four Day clash between the Dolphins and Titans at Kingsmead yesterday.

The match was abandoned without a ball being bowled as heavy rain over Durban in the build-up to the match — which started on Wednesday so as not to coincide with the funeral of Nelson Mandela on Sunday — prevented any play.

Although there was some sun on the first day, a wet outfield prevented any play. Heavy rain on Thursday virtually sealed the match’s fate as the ground was flooded and the water had nowhere to go.

While yesterday dawned bright over Kingsmead, there had not been sufficient time for the field to dry and the ground still held plenty of water.

Although the umpires remained optimistic, an inspection of the ground at 11 am saw them bow to the elements, calling off the match, including today’s scheduled final day.

Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk and Titans counterpart Farhaan Berhardien had no option than to shake hands and take five points each.

While taking five points from the match, the Dolphins are still bottom of the Sunfoil Series Four Day standings, this being their second no result encounter after rain interfered in the previous round’s match against the Knights in Pietermaritzburg.

The Titans though, move from fifth to fourth, changing places with the Warriors.

It’s back to start for the Dolphins, and the hope of getting on the park, for their next four day match against the Lions at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, from December 19 to 22.

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