Rain washes out Academy vs Volcanoes

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad (CMC) - Players from the West Indies Academy and Windward Islands Volcanoes got a free day when adverse weather forced their West Indies Super50 Cup match to be abandoned early on Friday in Trinidad.

Not a ball was bowled in the contest that was scheduled at the Frank Worrell Field on the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies, where the outfield was waterlogged after being pounded by torrential rain over the previous 24 hours.

It was the final match in the preliminary phase of the tournament for both teams, and the result meant that they earned two points with the Academy ending on 33 and the Volcanoes finishing on 19.

While the Volcanoes have now been formally eliminated from the tournament, the Academy could still reach the semi-finals, but they will have to wait another day to discover if the wash-out and the inability to add to their points tally have hurt their chances of finishing in the top four.

With a maximum of 24 points available in each match of the tournament under the new bonus points system, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners, on 27 points, and Guyana Harpy Eagles, on 25, could still overtake the emerging players' side and clinch a place in the semi-finals.

Marooners have a challenging final match against leaders Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Saturday at the Queen's Park Oval in the Trinidad capital of Port of Spain, while Harpy Eagles have a potentially easier task against bottom-placed Jamaica Scorpions, last year's champions, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy (BLCA) in the south Trinidad district of Tarouba.

The final match in the preliminary phase of the tournament on Sunday between hosts Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and arch-rivals Barbados Pride will also be played at the BLCA, the same venue for the semi-finals this coming Wednesday and Thursday, as well as the final next Saturday.

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