Overnight rain meant that the Women's World Cup 2017 game between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women in Derby on Wednesday had to be called off soon after lunch. The two teams shared a point each. But the lack of action did not dampen the spirit of the bunch of school kids who had turned up.
The enthusiasm was infectious, and everytime the umpires walked to the centre to take stock, they chanted, 'We want cricket'. There could not be a better moment than that on a gloomy day, though the game of hand tennis between few South African players was a close second.
It is often forgotten in the intensity of the competition that there is another side to the players too. Hand tennis was just one of the many ways that the South African team used to kill time at the ground. Some of the players watched television, while many others got engaged in a game of cards.
"Some of the girls were watching highlights of the previous game, we had some members of the management staff playing mini soccer inside the dressing room. We have quite a few girls who enjoy playing cards, anything to just let time by," Mignon du Preez said. "It is frustrating to just sit and not do anything. Some of the girls also got time to go to the indoor nets, and work on some specific stuff we wanted to work on."