Cricket 21.8.2016 01:00 pm

SA v NZ, 1st Test – 3rd day succumbs to sheer weight of rain

 Reserve umpire, Shaun George, Umpire, Richard Illingworth and Umpire, Ian Gould check the out field and find it to wet to play during day 3 of the 1st Sunfoil International Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on August 21, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Reserve umpire, Shaun George, Umpire, Richard Illingworth and Umpire, Ian Gould check the out field and find it to wet to play during day 3 of the 1st Sunfoil International Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on August 21, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

New Zealand were due to resume on 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 all out.

The sheer weight of rain that fell overnight in Durban, coupled with vast quantities of rain in the preceding weeks, meant a soggy outfield and no play on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand at Kingsmead on Sunday.

There was still a sizeable body of water on the outfield meaning no play was possible before lunch and although the sun was shining brightly and a north-easterly wind had blown all the clouds away, the ground was still saturated at 2pm.

With the outfield already in poor condition before the game started, there were still wet patches on the field which would make play dangerous for the fielders and the umpires then made the decision to call off play for the day.

New Zealand were due to resume on 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 all out.

The weather is now set fair for the fourth and fifth days of the Test.

 

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