Reifer rues missed chance to hurt struggling Proteas

West Indies Head Coach Floyd Reifer believes yesterday’s rain-abandoned encounter was a missed opportunity to take advantage of South Africa’s current poor run of form at the ICC World Cup.

The Proteas entered the contest on the back of three successive defeats and under heavy pressure of expectations to turn around their failing campaign.

And sent in at the Rose Bowl, they were tottering on 29 for two in the eighth over before rain intervened and eventually forced a no-result.

“We were looking forward to the game, especially the start that we had in the game,” Reifer said afterwards.

“And planning for the game last night, we were really looking forward to this game. After they lost the first three games their confidence as a team will be a bit low, so we wanted to take big advantage of that.

“Like I said, it’s the weather. It’s England — [there was a] 90 per cent [chance of] rain today. So there is nothing we can do about it. We just have to take the one point, like I said before, and look forward to the other games.”

Not for the first time, West Indies were aggressive early on and were rewarded when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell knocked over veteran Hashim Amla (6) and Aidy Markram (5) cheaply.