Rain ends Windies hopes of redemption as 3rd ODI abandoned

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 23, 2012 08:50 hrs

Leeds, June 23 (IANS/CMC) West Indies' quest to salvage pride from a wretched One-Day International series ended in disappointment when persistent rain washed out the third and final game without a ball bowled here Friday.

With the outfield at Headingley saturated, match officials were left with no choice but to abandon the contest at 1:11 pm local time.

England won the series 2-0 after taking the first ODI at the Rose Bowl by 114 runs last

Saturday and the second game at the Oval by eight wickets Tuesday.

The wash-out summed up the West Indies fortunes in a series where they were tagged as favourites but failed to live up to expectations.

"All of us were happy with the prospects for the ODI series. But this is a perfect case of 'cricket don't play on paper'," captain Darren Sammy said afterward.

"You could have the best-looking team, but at the end of the day, you have to go out on the pitch and perform. We have not done this in the ODI series and England went about doing the job very professionally."

With the West Indies also losing the preceding three-Test series 0-2, Sammy said his side would now focus on finding redemption through Sunday's Twenty20 International.

He said a win at Trent Bridge would set the tone for the New Zealand series which begins at month end.

"Winning the T20 would be a good way to end and finish on a high note, so we can take that momentum into the series we have against New Zealand," he said.

"Winning would be a good way to finish."

Rain has wreaked havoc on the Windies tour of England, ruining the opening tour match

at Hove last month and returning to wreck the two-day tour match at Grace Road.

The weather also reduced the third Test at Edgbaston to just two days play.



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