Rain yet again spoils Dophins’ game time

2012-10-13 00:00

ANY hope the Dolphins and Knights had of starting their four-day Sunfoil Series clash at Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday was dashed when play was officially called off at 11.30 am.

After the first day was washed out, day two dawned grey and overcast and although the rain did abate, the sun, which was needed to dry the outfield, remained hidden.

Players and officials were hopeful of getting play underway, even removing the covers off the wicket to allow the strip to air and dry.

While the pitch did manage to remain dry, the outfield was the focus of attention and concern, with heavy rain through the week taking it’s toll in saturating the field underfoot.

Umpires and players decided to call it a day when it became clear that conditions would not improve as the clouds thickened and any hope of seeing the sun reached miracle proportions.

Prospects look brighter for tomorrow and groundstaff are confident play will start.

However, with two days completely lost, it’s going to be more a case of going through the motions and spending time in the middle, rather than any result forthcoming.

Unless something out of the ordinary happens on the fast, bouncy track which has been prepared, it will be a matter of seeing which side gleans the most points from the exercise.

For the Knights, this is the sixth consecutive day of scheduled cricket which has been washed out for them, while the Dolphins — close to victory in their opening two encounters — can only hope for better conditions for next week’s Sunfoil clash, at the same venue, against the Cobras ( from Thursday to Sunday).

Play today and Sunday starts at 9 am.

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