Cobras, Titans share crown

Rain at Newlands (Gallo Images)
Rain at Newlands (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The One-Day Cup title will be shared for the second consecutive year after rain washed out the final between the Cape Cobras and the Titans at Newlands on Saturday without a ball being bowled.

A pitch inspection, which was scheduled to take place at 11:00, along with the toss never materialised despite the covers being removed for a brief period in the morning as persistent rain and a soggy outfield negated either activity from taking place.

The game was called off at midday without a ball being bowled.

Continuous rain allowed just 5.5 overs of play to be played on Friday and the match was set to start afresh on Saturday, the reserve day.

“We had this feeling last year but I think it’s still a sweet one,” said Cobras coach Paul Adams.

“It’s unfortunate about the weather, but we’re celebrating our efforts that we’ve put in and the fact that the trophy is in the bag.”

The anti-climax was palpable in the Titans’ camp as they reflected on a thrilling run to the final that ended in damp fashion.

“It’s a very weird feeling to be honest, because it doesn’t actually feel like you’ve won anything,” said coach Rob Walter.

“You get to this point and you want to compete. It’s almost like you’d rather play and lose than share it, but at the end of the day to have some silverware in the trophy cabinet is always a good thing.”

The result means that the Cobras will now share crown with the Titans, after winning the title in 2011 and sharing it with the Highveld Lions in last year's final, which was also washed out.

The teams will now turn their attention to the Sunfoil Series, with the first round of games getting underway on Thursday.

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