Rain wins 1st ODI as match abandoned
Port of Spain, Trinidad - West Indies Women and England Women were left frustrated as a rainy day in Trinidad forced the 1st One Day International between both teams to be abandoned.
The rain greeted the players at the ground, inevitably forcing a delayed start. Between, the scheduled start of 9am ECT and the eventual start time of 2pm ECT, there were two rare moments of hope.
The rain poured constantly but for two brief periods when the groundsmen were allowed to work on the pitch. After lunch, a lengthy period of sun shone some hope on the match. It dried the Queen's Park Oval surface quickly, and allowed the groundsmen to comfortably go about their jobs.
By that time, the umpires had a chance to the match going. It was decided that each side would bat a minimum of 23 overs. Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and elected to field first.
As the match started at 2pm, the Windies Women got off to a good start. Treyamaine Smartt's first two overs cost just four runs. Subina Munroe at the other end conceded one run from her one over. But after the third over, the dark grey clouds that hung above burst down.
It was a heavy shower that sent the players scampering off and the groundstaff scampering on. Without a doubt, the day was over. It was made official at 2:25pm ECT that the match was abandoned.
The 2nd One Day International is on Friday.