Dophins, Titans clash abandoned due to rain

2014-02-06 00:00

LAST night’s scheduled Ram Slam T20 play-off qualifier between the Dolphins and Titans at Kingsmead was abandoned without a ball being bowled. This means the two sides will meet at the same place, at the same time (6 pm) tonight, to hopefully determine who meets the Cobras at Newlands in the final on Sunday.

Today was set aside as a reserve day in an attempt to get a full game and a decent result, and if rain intervenes again and prevents play, the Dolphins will automatically qualify for Sunday’s showdown by virtue of finishing second in the final log standings.

When rain descended on Durban late yesterday afternoon, Dolphins supporters for once were not too concerned. In fact, most hoped the rain would prevail, meaning the Dolphins have one foot in the final, given their tendency to miss-fire in crucial matches.

Some die-hard supporters arrived at the ground between 5 pm and 6 pm, only to be greeted by the covers on the wicket and the floodlights switched off. There were times when it looked as though the drizzle would abate, but it was not to be.

The lights were eventually switched on at around 6.30 pm, but the drizzle returned, heavy enough to wet the ground and prevent play.

As time went on, there was talk of the match being reduced to 14 overs a side if play was possible, then six overs. Considering the importance of the match, umpires and officials decided to look ahead to today, when the weather forecast was somewhat better which would hopefully allow a proper contest.

At 7.30 pm, umpires Ian Howell and Adrian Holdstock called off proceedings, with the “Match Abandoned” notice lighting up the scoreboard. “We have consulted with the ground staff and decided it would not be fair to any side to start play, particularly with the wet surface and the damage that would be caused to the ball,” said Holdstock.

It’s back to start as both sides get into the starting blocks for today’s clash which is scheduled to start at 6 pm. Ticket holders from yesterday can use their tickets for today’s match.

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