A downpour on Sunday forced organisers of the First Capital Bank Cricket League to call off three of the six preliminary round matches.
Cricket lovers had to keep their fingers crossed for at least 30 minutes to watch afternoon games involving Pharmanova and Brown McCoy at Mpingwe Sports Club (MSC), Grey Royal Motors versus White 2 Kips at Indian Sports Club (ISC) and Silver 2 Mapeto against hosts Oriental Cricket Club (OCC) Lankans before match officials decided that the field was too wet for cricket action.
The development also upset the teams, which had worked out various calculations for possible wins, but there was nothing they could do to stop the decision, triggered by events outside the organisers’ control.
Pharmanova batsman Sadiq Bhatti had a reason to worry about the abandonment of the games.
He said: “We trained hard for the whole week in preparation for this game. However, we accept the fact that rain is inevitable.”
However, the competition’s organising committee chairperson Shiraz Zaveri said none of the teams returned home empty-handed as all the teams in the abandoned games have earned points as per the rules of the tournament.
Three other games were played in the morning when hosts ISC KU Destroyers thumped Siku Blue by five wickets with 50 balls to spare as Silver Rainbow thrashed Grey Glenae Poultry by a wicket at the OCC. At MSC, White Lido Electrical beat Red Turbotech by 33 runs.
In the matches, Imran Khan was the only cricketer who scored a half century after contributing 62 runs to White’s victory.
According to the fixture, the competition remains with two preliminary round games this weekend before the quarterfinal stage next week.