Inclement weather hampers play yet again

2012-11-10 00:00

YESTERDAY dawned bright and clear. Windy conditions suggested any threat of rain would be blown out of the skies and the Dolphins would finally get some decent game time under the belt. Sadly, as has become all too familiar, the mere mention of the word cricket saw the clouds build up and the light fade.

The Warriors were in town to meet the Dolphins in a Momentum One-day Cup showdown at Kingsmead, and although the match started on time at 3 pm, it was a guessing game as to how many overs would be knocked off before the weather turned inclement again.

It wasn’t long before the answer came. Only 17 overs into the Dolphins innings and umpires Gerrie Pienaar and Brad White did what has become a ritual in Dolphins matches this season, sending the players back to the changeroom.

This after Warriors skipper Colin Ingram won the toss and decided to unleash his bowlers on a pitch that had seen some time under what intermittent sun had been offered earlier in the day.

The Dolphins fielded the same side that had done duty against the Cobras last Sunday, with Jonathan Vandiar and Cameron Delport opening the innings.

For the Warriors, Andrew Birch and Makhaya Ntini took up the attack.

A tight first 10 overs saw the Dolphins struggle somewhat to take advantage of the power play, losing Vandiar for a single —  caught at slip by JJ Smuts off Ntini — and plodding along to 29-1.

Birch and Ntini bowled a good length and tight line, the latter bowling the odd full delivery that Delport dispatched to the boundary.

Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit joined Delport in an entertaining second wicket partnership of 54 before he fell to a beauty from Wayne Parnell which found the edge of the bat and saw keeper Davey Jacobs accept the catch.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld had time to get to the crease, make a single off the first and only ball he faced and then he was back in the pavilion, watching the rain fall for the umpteenth time this season.

The score was 67-2 when play was halted, with Van Jaarsveld on one and Delport on 38.

It was a pity the rain came when it did as Delport had settled well and was picking the right balls to hit to the boundary.

He was growing in confidence and had peppered the boundary five times in his innings. He had seen off the front line bowlers and had the perfect platform to settle in and build a substantial total.

As the rain got heavier, the prospects of returning to the field of play disappeared. Just before 6.30 pm the umpires called the game off, both sides sharing the points with two apiece.

It gets the Dolphins on the board in the competition and, with a busy week ahead — the Lions at the Wanderers tomorrow, the Knights in Bloemfontein on Wednesday and the Titans in Durban on Friday — even the most hardened pessimist would bet on at least one game going the distance.

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