Damp squib headline about rain and the cricket world cup

The World Cup quarter finals start today.

  • Wednesday 18th 4.30 pm (NZT) Sri Lanka versus South Africa (Sydney)
  • Thursday 19th 4.30 pm (NZT) Australia versus Pakistan (Adelaide)
  • Friday 20th 4.30 pm (NZT) Bangladesh versus India (Melbourne)
  • Saturday 21st 2.00 pm New Zealand versus West Indies (Wellington)

Stuff headline: Weather gods could send New Zealand to Cricket World Cup final

If the weather gods frown, the Black Caps could be smiling for the rest of this Cricket World Cup.

The knockout stages, starting in Sydney on Wednesday, see reserve days come into play for the rest of the tournament. Under the playing conditions, every opportunity will be taken to complete a minimum 20-overs-a-side match on the scheduled day if rain intervenes, but the match can resume on the reserve day rather than starting afresh.

Should rain not allow a match to be completed over two days, the team placed highest in pool play progresses. In that case the Black Caps could theoretically make the March 29 final without bowling another ball in Saturday’s quarterfinal or Tuesday’s semifinal in Auckland, as they topped pool A.

For the final in Melbourne, a super over will be used to separate teams in the event of a tie. If it rains for two days and the match can’t be completed, then the title will be shared

It’s interesting to know how that works but Headline gods could send Stuff to the stupid corner for being so misleading.

After the dramatics they say:

On current forecasts it’s unlikely New Zealand will be rained on, after a largely uninterrupted pool phase on this side of the Tasman.

The Metservice forecast for Wellington is for fine weather on Friday and Saturday, while the long-range prediction for Auckland is for fine weather and light winds on Tuesday.

So while weather could affect New Zealand’s progress the forecast suggests it’s unlikely.

It would be good to see New Zealand win or fail based on their ability to compete at the play-off stage. Rain would be a damp squib, as is this headline