Rain can be a pain, if you let it
Guyana - Somehow New Zealand’s Ross Taylor managed to say, without a hint of irony: “We never know, it could rain in this next game.”
It was hammering down so hard outside the windows of the team hotel that we could barely hear the young batsman speak.
New Zealand, who arrived from Antigua on Tuesday, were supposed to be training at the old Bourda ground the following morning. Not a chance.
Unless they get a chance to train, it could be a long stay in Georgetown for the Kiwis, who do not play another game in the World Cup Super 8 until facing Ireland next Monday.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith spoke this week about the difficulties of “keeping the intensity high in Guyana” before their next match against Bangladesh on Saturday.
And if the weather is still like that early next week, the fun will start. New Zealand and South Africa both expect to leave Guyana with points in the bag against the smaller sides. They could end up sharing them, making the permutations for the semi-finals available to spreadsheet experts only.
At least, as we found during South Africa’s interrupted match against Ireland, the drainage system at the new stadium keeps the delay between downpour ending and play starting to an impressive minimum.
As the puddles get deeper outside, Taylor and his team-mates have already broken into the stack of DVDs they bought in St Lucia at the start of the tournament. The 23-year-old is still waiting for the senior pros to relinquish Blood Diamond so he can watch it.
Bangladesh followed a similar itinerary – head to training ground, head back to hotel – although they managed to get a fitness session in the gym.
Coach Dav Whatmore, who had probably already had enough of fielding questions about the vacant position in India, begrudgingly gave a few minutes to the press (although he always gives his time, no matter how begrudgingly).
It went along the lines of, “I don’t know what you want to talk to me for – we haven’t got a game for four days.”
Your seasoned Guyana correspondent reckons they shouldn't be so downhearted.
Rather than huddling in his hotel and railing, I found a sheltered balcony in Georgetown’s premier sports bar, Windies, with a decent wi-fi connection and the England game on the telly. Rain? What rain?