Rain stops play at second day of Netherland's v South Africa Test

Mon, Jul 30, 2007 1:07 PM

The second day's play in the four-day one-off Test between South Africa and the Netherlands was washed out in Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam on Sunday after overnight rain left the field unfit for play.

The two umpires Stephen Tovey and Imteborg Bevers made a series of inspections before deciding to call off the day's play after lunch.

On day one of the one-off Test Match, South Africa's Terblanche produced a half century which steered the visitors to 157-5.

Put into bat by the Netherlands, who became the 10th country to play a women's Test, South Africa made a confident start when the two Terblanches, Daleen and Claire, put on 72 runs for the first wicket.

The partnership ended when 22-year-old Claire fell to Mandy Kornet who earned the distinction of picking up the first Test wicket for the Netherlands. Claire, making her debut, scored 30.

South Africa skipper Cri-Zelda Brits replaced Claire Terblanche and played a few exquisite shots as she dominated the 29-run partnership with Daleen by scoring 21.

Brits became the first of two wickets for Caroline de Fouw who finished the day with figures of 13-0-21-2.

The Netherlands opening bowler Jolet Hartenhof also enjoyed a successful first day with figures of 2-41.

When stumps were drawn on a day that saw only 59.2 overs bowled, Daleen Terblanche was undefeated on a flawless 60. It was the 37-year-old's best score after scores of 25, 2, 4, 12, 41 and 19 in her previous six innings in three Tests.

The weather forecast for Monday is good and both South Africa and the Netherlands are hoping to spend some useful time in the middle. It is South Africa's first Test since August 2003 while for the Netherlands, it is a debut Test which makes it the 10th country to play a women's Test.

On Saturday, 31.4 overs of play was lost because of rain. When play ended on the first day, South Africa, put into bat, had reached 159-5 in 58.2 overs with opener Terblanche batting on 60. She has occupied the crease for 195 minutes during which time she has received 147 balls. Her innings include two boundaries.

The one-off Test will be followed by three ODIs in Amstelveen, Utrecht and Deventer on 2, 4 and 5 August respectively, and the matches form a key part of the teams' preparations for the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Lahore in November.

That event, which will also involve Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Bermuda, Ireland, Scotland and Zimbabwe, will see the top two line-ups qualify for the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup, set to take place in Australia in 2009.

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