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25 Mar 2021
6:32 pm

Dolphins and Titans frustrated by rain on day one

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When the light eventually improved, steady drizzle arrived to further delay proceedings.

Ground staff pull on the covers during the 4-Day Domestic Series final between the Dolphins and the Titans. Picture: Gallo Images

Rain and bad light ruined the opening day of the 4-Day Domestic Series final after the Dolphins and Titans were left frustrated in Durban on Thursday.

Only 10 overs were sent down in what is a scheduled five-day match to decide the first-class title – the last one of the franchise era – with the hosts reaching 31 for one in the little over an hour that was possible.

The Dolphins had earlier won the toss and opted to bat at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, where bad light initially delayed the 9am start.

When the light did eventually improve, steady drizzle arrived to further delay proceedings, before the field was moved up and prepared for play to begin just after midday.

However, more rain then returned leaving umpires Shaun George and Brad White little choice but to play a waiting game once more.

The players finally got on for a 40-minute session at 14h00 and that was when the home side managed to reach 30 for none thanks in the main to Sarel Erwee (21 not out), before Okuhle Cele (1/14) struck to remove Senuran Muthusamy (7) leg before wicket with what turned out to be the final delivery before tea.

After the resumption, the Dolphins added one run in the two overs that were possible before bad light brought an end to the day.

Play will resume at 9am on Friday.

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