Weather claims North Sea Pro Series fixtures
The rain prevailed in the North Sea Pro Series as bad weather claimed both 50 over fixtures in Glasgow and Kampong. The Hurricanes batted a full innings for 223 all out but rain in Holland over the lunch break and a further thunderstorm put an end to preceedings, while no play was possible in Glasgow after heavy morning showers.
The Hurricanes posted their best total of their campaign, with Wasim top-scoring with 53 from 91 balls. With bad weather predicted for the afternoon, it was no surprise when the covers came on during the lunch break and the players did not make it back out. Earlier Peter Borren had scored 41 with the bat before taking to twitter to show his dissapointment. The Netherlands captain posted, "Weather unfortunatley taking its toll again. Ruined a good match here which would have been interesting." Borren and his fellow players will have to wait until next week when both Dutch teams meet at Excelsior.
Pictures by Donald MacLeod
Despite the best efforts of the groundstaff at Titwood, only three overs play was possible over two days in Glasgow as regular showers took their toll on the playing surface. An 8-overs-a-side game was permitted for the T20 yesterday by the umpires, with Beveridge and MacLeod opened the batting. They raced in the driving rain to 33-0 before the umpires called them off. Even with the covers on overnight, heavy rain during the evening and following morning left the umpires with no possible decision other than to call off the 50 over game without a ball being bowled. The Reivers were looking to bounce back up the table, but they will have to wait and take on the Highlanders next week in Dumfries.
Although many a skeptic will note that cricket in a Scottish summer is a lost cause, these were the first North Sea Pro Series to be rained off this year, and we can only hope for better weather next week. If the Highlanders win the T20 they will be crowned champions. That game will start at 3.30pm on Monday 2nd June and will see both Scottish teams go head-to-head. We chatted to Dumfries player Scott Beveridge from the Reivers about the North Sea Pro Series coming to his home club next week.