Bangladesh: storm puts paid to play on day 2, dents SA A’s chances of completing whitewash

2011-04-15 00:00

THE spectacular thunderstorm that engulfed the Maritzburg Oval on Wednesday afternoon ensured that there was no cricket on day two of the international four-day match between South Africa A and Bangladesh A yesterday.

Head groundsman Jan Vermaak and his staff worked tirelessly from early in the morning yesterday in attempt to make play possible, but the 32 millimetres of rain that fell within a 10-minute period just after tea on day one left significant wet patches on the square that simply wouldn’t dry out.

The pitch itself was dry, but the downpour that damaged the square surrounding it, made the conditions unsafe for the players, and play was eventually called off for the day.

With a total of 118 overs lost in the match so far, the excellent chance that SA had of completing a 2-0 series whitewash has been severely dented. Weather permitting, play will resume at 9.30 am today with SA on 233 for the loss of two wickets in their first innings, Dean Elgar not out on 120 and Farhaan Behardien on 75.

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