Rain causes damp spot on pitch, start of match delayed

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Potchefstroom: Heavy overnight rain and cloudy conditions proved a dampener in the Australia versus Holland Group 'A' World Cup match on Thursday.

The rain water had seeped through the covers and dampened the pitch causing a delay in the start of the match. Despite groundsmen working hard with super soppers to get the match going, the situation looked bleak as there was a very wet spot on the wicket.

Umpires David Orchard and Peter Willey were expected to inspect the conditions soon deciding when play could start. If a minimum of 25-overs-a-side is not bowled, both teams will be forced to split the four available points.

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