Rain was the only winner today as the third round of tri-series matches between West Indies, Australia and South Africa began at Kensington Oval.
Steady rainfall throughout the day meant only one over of play was possible between South Africa and Australia, with South Africa reaching 8 for no loss.
After winning the toss in overcast conditions Australia elected to field but were soon after disappointed as the rains came four deliveries into Mitchell Starc’s opening over.
The modest crowd which gathered at the Oval were also disappointed with one spectator wishing she could “see some cricket action.” Lorna, who made the trip from South Africa to Barbados was happy to be on the island and favored her home team to make the finals but wished she could see “her boys in action against Australia on a quicker track.”
There was a glimmer of hope when the covers were removed just after 5:30 pm but seepage onto the pitch meant that further time was needed for it to dr,y but rain would have the last say as the skies broke once again forcing the match to be called off with no result. This meant both teams shared two points, virtually assuring South Africa qualification for the final.
Australia won the toss and elected to field
South Africa 8/0
Q de Kock 5 n.o
HM Amla 0 n.o
M Starc 1-0-8-0
South Africa – 12
Australia – 11
West Indies – 8
Rain has almost secured South Africa a final spot in the Tri-Nation ODI series