Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER -

FAF du Plessis can take some pos­i­tives out of a washout at the Cricket World Cup: South Africa picked up a point against West Indies and ended a three-game los­ing streak.

And with it, the South Africans re­tained some hope of qual­i­fy­ing for the semi­fi­nals, de­spite orig­i­nally es­ti­mat­ing they’d need to win their last six group games to ad­vance. The first of their last five games is on Satur­day against Afghanista­n in Cardiff.

Only 7.3 overs were bowled at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl on Mon­day af­ter West Indies skip­per Ja­son Holder won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat, ex­pect­ing the Duck­worthLewis run-rate cal­cu­la­tor to come into play with heavy rain in the fore­cast.

West Indies pace­man Shel­don Cot­trell twice got to use his trade­mark wicket cel­e­bra­tion — the mil­i­tary-style salute — when he had Hashim Amla (6) caught by Chris Gayle at slip and Ai­den Markram (5) caught be­hind. South Africa was strug­gling at 29-2 when play was sus­pended and the wicket square cov­ered.

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