MCC's Jim Hindson describes the Club's unfortunate case of weather in the second blog of their tour to Tanzania.
Following on from my previous blog, a reception to welcome the MCC tour party was laid on by the Tanzanian Cricket Association on Friday evening, meaning there was little time to dwell on the T20 defeat versus a TCA Development XI earlier in the day.
The British High Commissioner for Tanzania, Sarah Cooke was also in attendance and the spirit of cricket was very much in evidence as the Club mingled with local players and officials.
The Chairman of the TCA addressed the gathering and spoke of the continued development of cricket in the country to which, MCC tour manager Tim Kirk responded in kind, saying how impressed the Club had been by the standard of cricket in the first match.
Tomorrow’s match against a TCA select XI presented an opportunity to show our genial hosts that the tourists squad was also of a high standard. With this in mind, we bid the gathering a fond farewell and headed back to the hotel for an early night.
Breakfast was taken promptly on Saturday morning with a view to an 8am leave for the 50-over fixture. The view from the hotel reception presented a sorry scene though, as the rain bounced down. Flooded roads indicative that the torrential conditions had prevailed throughout the night.
The match was scheduled to take place on an artificial wicket but there was still no chance of play. Rain continued to pour throughout the day and it was no surprise when the manager received a call from TCA officials that Sunday’s match v a Chairman’s XI was also abandoned and moved to Monday.
Saturday evening was spent watching New Zealand inflict a heavy defeat on India in a T20 international. The Kiwi’s victory on the sub-continent appeared to galvanise the spirits of our own tour party and a calmer day on Sunday with afternoon sunshine and temperatures in the late twenties mean prospects of play on Monday are looking good.