Rain the only winner as WCL4 gets under way
Persistent rain disrupted the start of the World Cricket League Division 4 tournament in and around Bologna on Saturday, with one match abandoned without a ball being delivered and a total of only 32.2 overs being bowled in the other two.
At Pianoro where, a little strangely, Nepal and the USA confronted each other for the third time in succession - following the riot-marred final round match in the Division 5 tournament in Kathmandu in February and the final the following day - Nepal reached 51 for two in 14 overs before the rain became heavy enough to take the players from the field. Opener Anil Mandal was undefeated on 30.
Meanwhile at Navile Argentina, put in to bat by Tanzanian captain Hamji Abdallah were soon in trouble against Khalil Rehmtullah, who claimed three for 13 in an eight-over spell. The Argentinians were precariously placed on 36 for four when play ended after 18.2 overs.
No play at all was possible in Medicina, where hosts Italy were scheduled to take on the Cayman Islands.
The first-day matches will now be played on Monday's reserve day, weather permitting. On Sunday, Italy will meet Nepal in Pianoro, Argentina will play the Caymans at Medicina, and the USA take on Tanzania in Navile.
But with more rain forecast, the organisers could scarcely have had a more unfortunate start to the tournament, compounded by an accident involving the Cayman Islands' bus as the squad returned to their hotel. Manager Steven Best, two of the players and the team's scorer received minor injuries