New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Napier

Wet outfield forces abandonment

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

December 29, 2013

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Jesse Ryder checks the rain intensity, New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Napier, December 29, 2013
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The second ODI between New Zealand and West Indies at McLean Park, Napier was called off after persistent afternoon rain left wet patches in the outfield. The umpires inspected the ground at 5pm - two-and-a-half hours after the scheduled start - under sunny conditions, but deemed the outfield unfit for play. The play was finally called off at 5.20pm to boos from the crowd.

A drizzle had greeted the teams before the start of the match, but the prospect of play diminished as soon as the downpour increased in intensity around 1.30pm, half an hour before the scheduled start.

New Zealand are trailing 0-1 in the five-match ODI series. The teams will travel to Queenstown for the third ODI to be played on the New Year's day.

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Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Why are there no longer reserve days? When you used to buy a ticket it would be for a date, with a reserve day the next day in case of rain. I understand it is pretty good in Napier today. You look at how many games that have been lost in recent times due to rain....if a game was planned to be played on one of two days...you would get a better chance of playing a full series. This goes for tests too...have a sixth day (heaven forbid if the test goes that long), and just play out until the 450th over of the game. Less blooming draws.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

I live in Napier, it was raining during the morning, until about 3.15pm and then it completely stopped for the rest of the day. The game was called off at 5.20pm when i was at the ground, why was play not allowed to continue in 20/20 format? It was sunny, the crowd was building and there should have been play allowed especially at $40 per ticket. Best batting deck in the country and they won't even allow any play. Disappointing to spectators especially when conditions were perfect from 1 hour and 15 minutes after the scheduled start of play. Will not be returning for future matches.

Posted by pt_pt on (December 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Disappointing really, agree with @ARJa comments and with the 3rd game also could be washed out, WI could well be 1 - 0 after 3 games. Only have to win one more game to win the series. Lets hope we can see some full games.

Posted by ARJa on (December 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@Adam Morris-Jenkins: Please check what happens every year. Remember last year when England were in NZL? What is the last time we actually had a full series in NZL where rain did not interfere. It's a fact. It rains every year during this time. If it is the only time they can play cricket in NZL, at very the least, go to a ground with better drainage. A day and night game called off before 5.30 pm with no rain and clear skies clearly means the ground is not up to international standards in terms of drainage. There are plenty of grounds in the world that would have had more rain but we would have still had a game. Think what would have happened in Australia. We would have been playing now. And the great thing is the next game on the 1st also has rain forecasted and there is not even a reserve day. How often do we need to waste an entire day because of few wet patches here and there. It's sad.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

ARJA - they didn't have a clue it was going to rain - last week it was predicted we would have sun non stop between christmas and new years and have a wet entry into 2014 - and on xmas eve it was swapped around - this tour was in place all year - doubt anyone knew when it will rain!... and it is actually starting to rain again from what I hear - so we would have only had 1-2hrs of play - so calling it off was the right thing to do

Posted by   on (December 29, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@ARJa what are you on about scheduling when it's going to rain? These tours are planned years in advance. Are you telling me there's a system to predict weather years in advance? Because the current system struggles to get 10 days right

Posted by ARJa on (December 29, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

When a game is abandoned in sunlight, it just shows how poor the drainage in the ground is and how lazy and weak the ground staff is. Disgusting to think they scheduled the game here knowing very well it is going to rain.

Posted by Blythesville on (December 29, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

This is an excellent result for the West Indies.

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