Summer game all go despite heavy rain

Matt Sutton, of Eastenders, powers into the ball against the Innswingers at a Masters Games match...
Matt Sutton, of Eastenders, powers into the ball against the Innswingers at a Masters Games match at Tonga Park yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
A lot of rain has fallen in the South over the past week.

Yet somehow the pads were put on, the balls were bowled and the sixes were hit.

It may not have been played on the days scheduled but cricket at the Masters Games got in its full series of games.

The games were set down to be played on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.

Rain intervened on two of those days but some quick thinking by organisers got the schedule up and running, and it finished last night.

Organiser John Henderson said the first games were played on Wednesday.

Despite the drenching Dunedin received on Tuesday, the grounds had dried sufficiently the next day for games to be played. The matches were switched to artificial pitches around the city and all got played, although there was the odd damp patch on the outfield.

Two games were played on Saturday at Tonga Park and the Oval while the final games were played last night.

Henderson said most of the players were supportive of playing on Thursday and enjoyed the social side of the sport.

The event featured 11 teams, about the same as the past couple of Masters Games. A team from Sri Lanka had entered but could not get visas so had to pull out a few days before competition started.

Games were eight-a-side with 21 overs each. Three overs were delivered by each bowler and batsmen had to retire when they reached 35.

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