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Rain douses White Ferns pool play

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

The women's cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa has been called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain in the English city of Derby.

The match was called off just after 2pm on Wednesday (local time), leaving White Ferns captain Suzie Bates stranded on 99 one-day internationals.

Each side will take a point from the fixture and, for the time being, go joint top of the pool-play standings with three points from two games.

However, the New Zealanders lead because of a superior run-rate following their nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their first match.

"No matter what team you're playing, you're always looking to get two points - there's a sense of disappointment (but) you have to expect a little bit of weather like this in England," Kiwi vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite said.

"To have no losses at this point, we're certainly pretty pleased with where we're at and just looking forward to the next game now."

The Kiwi side's next game is against Australia, who edged them out for the Rose Bowl earlier this year, in Bristol on Sunday.

The two sides also played a pre-World Cup warm-up in Southampton last fortnight, with the White Ferns losing by 46 runs.

Satterthwaite was under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge.

"They're always a good team to play against, they've got a quality side and we've really enjoyed playing them at World Cups, I think historically we've done pretty well," Satterthwaite, an all-rounder, said.

"Anyone that plays against Australia and is able to beat them, it's always a good feeling - but you've still got to take each game as it comes.

"In a World Cup, you've got to go up another level."

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