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Wet outfield means another day lost in Durban

first_img(REUTERS) -`A wet outfield again prevented play on the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand in what is becoming an increasing embarrassment for the hosts.Heavy rain on Saturday night left the outfield at Kingsmead patchy, muddy and dangerous for the players and no improvement in the situation, despite two clear days, meant no play for a second successive day.Despite a gusty wind overnight, wet patches remained and any possibility of play ended after a 14:00hrs inspection, raising questions about a decision to relay the outfield. It is also the first winter Test in Durban.“It is most unfortunate and certainly beyond our control that the heavy unseasonal rains in Durban had impacted our plans,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.“We are sympathetic to the efforts of all the ground staff who have tried their level best to ensure match-readiness despite the adverse weather conditions leading into this Test match.”New Zealand were struggling at 15 for two in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 263 before the rain came just before lunch on Saturday – consigning the teams to their change rooms for the last two and a half days.A soggy draw seems inevitable with only one day left to play.Work was done to improve the outfield in Durban – removing sand and grass and relaying it – after both teams complained that it was too hard when they played there last year in a one-day international.The work was completed on July 1 but flooding and a lack of sunshine had not helped the grass to properly cover, leaving it soft underfoot and patchy. The latest rains have exacerbated the situation.The timing of the work is now under question as a similar process in Pretoria where the second Test is to be played next week was completed in April.last_img

Glennie Leads Women’s Golf On First Day Of MVC Championship

first_imgCHICAGO, Ill. – The Drake University golf team finished the first day of the Missouri Valley Championship in ninth place on Sunday at the Harborside International Golf Center.”We had some really good stretches of golf today, but had a few too many big holes which held us back from breaking through,” Drake head coach Rachael Pruett said. “We played with heavy hearts, as we remembered Grace’s father by wearing his favorite Wisconsin red ribbons on our hats. Loyola arranged for Drake blue ribbons to be passed out to the entire field as well. The love and support we’ve felt in this difficult time has been incredible.The Bulldogs recorded a score of 317 and are 10 strokes back from fourth place and host Loyola (307). Two-time defending champion Wichita State leads the 10-team field with a 297 and holds a two-stroke advantage over second place Bradley (299).Sophomore Madison Glennie fired a three-over par 75 to lead the team and is tied for ninth place. Freshmen Sophie Hill and Adrianna Elliott each carded an 80 and are tied for 32nd place. Sophomore Brooke Miller registered an 82, while senior Katie Clausen rounded out the team’s day with an 87.The second round of the 54-hole tournament gets back underway at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more