Women’s cricket: Rain has the final say


One of any cricketer’s biggest frustrations is when it rains. You prepare yourself, you set yourself up psychologically, you play your innings in your mind.

But on Friday evening in East London it was not for the women’s teams of South Africa and New Zealand when the first T20 match to be played at Buffalo Park was called off without a ball being bowled.

The first three of the series of five T20 matches are planned for East London and hopefully the next clash, due to start on Sunday afternoon at 14:00, will be played without any rain interruption.

The series will conclude next weekend with two games in Benoni.

It still rained lightly in East London on Saturday morning, but according to the weather forecasters, the rain will decrease as the weekend progresses.

New Zealand hold the upper hand when it comes to previous T20 matches as the Kiwis have won 10 of the previous 13 clashes.

But the South Africans have improved by leaps and bounds in the last year or so as the game has become more professional.

The Proteas achieved a 65-run victory over New Zealand in the T20 World Cup in Paarl in February.