Weather disrupts Super50 tournament
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Not a ball was bowled in the two Group-A matches on Friday in the Regional Super50 tournament.
This country’s notoriously fickle weather dumped several millimetres of rain on the capital, disrupting the competition and forcing both matches to be abandoned.
Joint defending champions Barbados were down to face Windward Islands at the Everest Cricket Club on the Sea Wall on the northern side of the capital, and hosts Guyana were to meet West Indies High Performance Centre at the Guyana National Stadium on the other side of town.
Even before the players left their respective hotels for the venues it was apparent that prospects for play were dicey after a tropical weather system moved into the area overnight.
The covers never came off at Everest, but there was a break in the deluge to allow the ground-staff at the National Stadium to attempt to get play there – but it was all in vain.
With all four teams receiving two points, the results meant that Guyana secure their place at the top of the group standings with eight points.
Barbados and the HPC are joint second on four points, and Windwards are at the bottom on zero points, after they incurred a two-point penalty for their heavy defeat in the first round.
All four teams will be hoping for better weather on Sunday, when the final group matches are to be staged at Blairmont, where Guyana play Barbados, and at Everest, where Windwards tackle the HPC.
There is the distinct possibility however, of a coin toss deciding which two sides qualify for the Final Four from this group, if the weather continues to intervene with Barbados and HPC unable to play a full game yet.
The Super50 is scheduled to continue on Saturday, when Group B leaders Jamaica battle Combined Campuses & Colleges at Everest, and joint defending champions Leeward Islands clash with Caribbean Twenty20 champions Trinidad & Tobago at the Guyana National Stadium.
Jamaica top Group B with eight points, following a seven-wicket victory over Leewards at the Stadium on Thursday, the same day that CCC beat T&T by five wickets to move into second on four points.