1st T20: Match abandoned – Sri Lanka ‘A’ in West Indies

Sri Lanka ‘A’ Team for the 1st T20 against West Indies ‘A’

After the 2nd ‘Test’ had been washed out at Arnos Vale, West Indies A and Sri Lanka A returned to the ground on Tuesday in hope that the first Twenty20 would come off.

But things looked bleak from the morning. St Vincent awoke to heavy rainfall that lasted for much of the first half of the day.

The weather eased two hours before the game, allowing the groundstaff to mop up and get the ground ready for the 2PM ECT start, but above, grey clouds and a consistent drizzle always threatened proceedings.

It turned out to be the case after West Indies A won the toss and elected to field. There was enough time for journalists to pen that Sheldon Cottrell and Keddy Lesporis were not selected while Sri Lanka A’s ‘Test’ team were totally overhauled into T20 mode.

On the field of play, Samuel Badree delivered three balls, two of which were dots to Udara Jayasundara. Niroshan Dickwella got off the mark with a single first ball but that’s as much as he would collect.

A heavy drizzle came down, quickly turning into a shower. That rain would mar the rest of the evening’s efforts to make a match under dark skies and on top of wet grass.

At 4:41PM Eastern Caribbean Time, Umpires Peter Nero and Joel Wilson decided a match could not be played, and abandoned the game.

(Courtesy: West Indies Cricket Board)