MATCH REPORT: New Zealand v South Africa - Match Abandoned

Today's match between New Zealand and South Africa at Derby was abandoned without a ball bowled, after overnight rain continued throughout the morning, drenching the covers and the outfield.

After a final pitch inspection at 2pm, the umpires made the unfortunate decision that no play would be possible.

The sides therefore come away with a point apiece - a possible setback to New Zealand's hopes of reaching the semi-finals, given that they would have hoped to take the maximum 2 points on offer.

Speaking after the game had been called off, Amy Satterthwaite said that New Zealand had been disappointed not to get on the field: "No matter what team you’re playing you're always looking to get 2 points. There’s a sense of disappointment, but you have to expect weather a bit like this over in England. You have to deal with it and move on.”

South Africa might well have been expected to be the happier of the two sides, but Mignon du Preez made it clear they had been equally keen to get out on the field of play: "When you play at least you have a chance of getting 2 points. I don't think we would like to settle for just 1."

"We definitely would have backed ourselves to go all the way. We’ve beaten them before, at home, so we’ve shown that we can compete against these teams."

The abandonment means that Suzie Bates' 100th ODI appearance will have to wait until New Zealand's encounter against Australia at Bristol on Sunday.

Comments

  1. It's always a big disappointment when a match you'd been looking forward to seeing for a while turns out to be just a damp squib! Real shame, although England probably won't be too displeased with the result.

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