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Second West Indies ODI abandoned after rain delay
Published on December 30, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

NAPIER, New Zealand -- The forecast on the eve of the 2nd One Day International between New Zealand and the West Indies was right as the match was abandoned at the time of what would have been the end of the first innings.

So bad was the rain at the start of the afternoon in Napier that not even the toss could be taken. The players were forced to stay in the dry and warm dressing rooms of McLean Park.

At times, the rain did slightly relent and give glimmers of hope that some play might be possible. Within 40 minutes of the scheduled start, the rain had lightened up considerably.

Just over 30 minutes later, the rain had completely stopped, finally allowing the groundsmen to attempt to mop up a damp outfield.

They worked tirelessly to try to get the ground ready but there was just too much water both on the surface and underneath. By 4:10pm (New Zealand Time), another drizzle came down, forcing the groundsmen to stop work on the outfield.

The umpires decided to have a look at the state of the ground at 5pm, where they would make a final assessment on the fate of the 2nd ODI. When the time reached, they walked around the area of the field, carrying out their inspections as the supersopper desperately tried to dry the surface of the outfield.

By this time, the skies had significantly cleared up. In fact, the sun had made its first appearance of the afternoon. From the stands, spectators had every reason to be optimistic; the sun was out, the covers were being pulled off, and the groundsmen were working overtime.

However, the dampness of the ground was just too much for the groundsmen to eradicate in the allotted time.

With all the factors taken into consideration, umpires Chris Gaffaney and Ian Gould abandoned the game. The crowd was visibly disappointed, but the puddles on the outfield told the whole story. The match simply could not be played.

It was a disappointing end to the year for both teams. The West Indies wanted to extend their lead and New Zealand were aiming to level the series.

Either way, both teams get to try again on the first day of 2014 in Queenstown.
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