November 17, 2000

First day between Boland and Highveld rained out

Craig Ray - MWP

The first day of the four-day Supersport Series match between Boland and the Highveld Strikers in Paarl was washed out due to heavy rain.

Play is scheduled to resume earlier on Saturday, but it is unlikely that it will happen as the outfield was heavily soaked by thunderstorms in the early hours of the morning and persistent rain throughout the day.

The suspension of play is to the detriment of the Strikers, the defending champions in the competition. They have won only one match in their four outings this season and require a win to progress in the tournament.

Boland have only played once this season and scored a comfortable win against Free State at the same venue. The inclement weather is of far less concern to them than their opponents.

The previous match against Free State was wrapped up within three days and it is possible that this one could go the same way.

With the atmospheric conditions and a pitch that will be lively and moist, winning the toss may prove to be vital.

Boland have selected an all-seam attack, led by South Africa A player Charl Langeveldt and new Warwickshire signing Neil Carter.

Highveld are a mixed bag and have included the spin of Clive Eksteen, so they will possibly be looking bowl first and get the best out of the pitch.