Rain washes out third ODI

LEEDS, England – Persistent rain washed out the third and final One-day International between England and West Indies on Friday.

Not a ball was bowled at Headingley, as the wet weather ensured that the covers remained on the playing area.

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka and Richard Illingworth of England made the decision, following a brief inspection about 1 ¼ hours before the scheduled interval between innings.

The outcome meant that West Indies lost the three-match series 0-2, following a 114-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the first ODI last Saturday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and an eight-wicket loss in the second ODI at the Kia Oval in London.

Any hope of play had looked questionable, following the weather outlook that predicted it would rain all day.

It did not help that rain had also fallen all day on the eve of the match in this northern England city, leaving the outfield sodden.

The ground staff tried their best to prevent water settling on the outfield, but it soon became hopeless.

A few dozen of the near sell-out crowd still made the trip to the ground, where West Indies were hoping to play impressively to avoid a series clean sweep against a depleted England side.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 07:15