Rain has final say at Kingsmead

2014-10-27 00:00

RAIN was predicted earlier in the week for yesterday’s One-Day Cup clash between the Dolphins and Cobras at Kingsmead and it duly arrived in a massive dose. As much as any eternal optimist would have liked to see some form of play, it just wasn’t going to happen as persistent rain, typical for Durban at this time of year, saw the match abandoned without a ball being bowled.

While players and officials did all in their power to harbour some thoughts of play, the rain proved too big to conquer, with the ground staff and chief groundsman Wilson Ngobese surrendering to the elements in the early afternoon. With no chance of being able to prepare the ground for play and the rain showing no signs of dissipating, umpires Adrian Holdstock and Allahudien Paleker admitted defeat, leaving the two sides to share the points.

There never looked as though any play would be possible, the rain never satisfied with its contribution. It came and went, but had deposited enough to see the outfield sodden in many areas, particularly around the edge of the covers, where the water had run off. It would have required a miracle, not to mention a superhuman effort to get anywhere near playable conditions.

It was a sad way to end the first round of the One-Day competition which takes a breather until next year, the franchises now focusing on the Ram Slam T20 which hits off at the Wanderers next Sunday in a triple header involving all six teams. The Dolphins face the Lions in the last match of the day, the third time the sides would have met in a couple of weeks.

Yesterday’s meeting with the Cobras, had the match gone ahead, would have generated much interest in the one-day competition as it would have been a top of the table affair. The Cobras would have come off a surprise loss to the Titans on Friday, while the Dolphins were back to winning ways against the Lions in Potchefstroom after slipping against the Warriors in PMB last Sunday.

Having to share the points sees the Cobras still on top with 21 points, with the Dolphins second on 16. These two sides enjoy some breathing space over the chasing franchises and it’s a handy position to enjoy heading into the next round of matches.

Looking ahead to the Ram Slam T20, the Dolphins and Cobras, last season’s finalists which saw the Dolphins take the trophy in a thrilling two-run win, will again be strong contenders for glory.

Both these teams played in the Champions League in India, their reward for being last season’s Ram Slam finalists and have an advantage over the other four franchises in having at least played some T20 cricket this season.

For the Dolphins, they were competitive and faced whatever odds they were up against.

It’s a good sign for them and their gameplan must surely be to strike early in the competition, put into practice what they learned in India and be the frontrunners in the early stages.

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