March 22nd Down the years,Rain spoils South Africa’s dream
On this day in 1992
The World Cup semi-final that ended in farce. South Africa wanted 22 off thirteen balls to overcome England in Sydney when rain stopped play. Ten minutes later the players have been back on… And South Africa needed 21 off one ball. Blame the bottom-scoring-over rain policies, which ruined a cracking contest, and South Africa’s dilatoriness – they bowled best 45 overs inside the time allocated, and as a result many people felt they got their simply desserts. England made 252 for six, with Graeme Hick thumping 83 and Dermot Reeve bustling 25 off 14 balls. Even though no one reached 50, Proteas have been usually in the hunt until the rain came. It supposed England had qualified for their third World Cup final within the last 4. Three days later they lost their third World Cup final in the last4.