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Rain washes out practice against SA

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BRISTOL – West Indies’ preparations for the World Cup were foiled yesterday, with their first official warm-up game against South Africa being abandoned due to heavy showers.

Windies were hoping to use the match as practice for their opening match against Pakistan in five days. However, despite the match being restarted after a lengthy delay, the rains came again, forcing the match to end in a no-result.

South Africa had progressed to 60 without loss in the tenth over, with Hashim Amla scoring an unbeaten half-century before the first set of rain came.

Two more attempts were also made, but both were short-lived as showers forced the players to seek shelter, with the Proteas 95 without loss in 12.4 overs.

Openers Amla, who was unbeaten on 51, and Quinton de Kock, 37 not out, were the batsmen at the crease.

It was tough going for the Windies’ bowlers, with captain Jason Holder’s five overs for 29 runs being the most economical.

West Indies will play their final official warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow. (CMC) 

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