One day abandoned because of rain

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Rain returned to have the final say today as the final preliminary NatWest one-day international between New Zealand and the West Indies.

One day abandoned because of rain

Southampton : Rain returned to have the final say today as the final preliminary NatWest one-day international between New Zealand and the West Indies at the Rose Bowl was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The match had been reduced to 20 overs per side, the minimum allowed by the playing conditions, when the bad weather came again to spoil the hopes of a healthy sell out crowd of 10,000. West Indies captain Brian Lara won the toss and predictably chose to bowl first. But heavy showers lashed the ground just as umpires David Shepherd of England and Daryl Harper of Australia walked out to start the match at 4:32 p.m local time. All-rounder Darren Sammy missed out on becoming the first player from St. Lucia to represent the West Indies in international cricket. The 20-year-old all-rounder had been named in the 11 before the weather intervened. The match was set to be a dress rehearsal for the final of the three-nation competition, with New Zealand and the West Indies already having qualified ahead of host England. (AP)
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