Washout could leave South Africa World Cup hopes down the drain

Florence Fletcher
June 11, 2019

South Africa's hopes of a semi-final place at the Cricket World Cup appear to have been washed out along with their fixture against the West Indies at the Rose Bowl on Monday. West Indies meanwhile moved up to fifth spot and now have three points in three matches.

With more bad weather predicted for this week across England and Wales, this might not be the only game lost though.

But three deliveries into Oshane Thomas' first over, the eighth over of the innings, rain forced the players off the field before umpires called off the game at 16:14 HRS local time.

After being put to bat first, South Africa lost Hashim Amla (6) and Markram (5) early as they were dismissed off Sheldon Cottrell's bowling.

"If we do that, and the results start one by one happening, then this team will get a lot of confidence from that for the later stages".

South Africa will face Afghanistan in a day-night match in Cardiff on Saturday.

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'We're in this position because we haven't played our best cricket, ' he said.

The Met Office also predicts light rain in Bristol for tonight's game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

In very overcast conditions, West Indies won the toss and Jason Holder promptly made a decision to field first and handed over the new ball to Sheldon Cottrell.

Holder said that he chosen to bowl first due to the "overhead conditions". We didn't play our best cricket so far. We just feel like it is more important for him to just have another three or four days to build-up his loads again, so he can bowl eight, nine, 10 overs.

Afghanistan are the lowest ranked team at the tournament and so far the only team who do not have any log points after suffering three successive defeats to open their World Cup campaign.

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer has insisted his team are ready for the Barbados-born Jofra Archer when they meet England on Friday.

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