New Zealand 15 for 2 (Williamson 2*, Taylor 2*, Steyn 2-3) trail South Africa 263 (Amla 53, Wagner 3-47, Boult 3-52) by 248 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball detailsLooks deceived at Kingsmead when despite blue skies and sunshine, no play was possible on day three. A wet outfield, which has not recovered from the recent relaying process, took 65mm of rain overnight and did not dry out over the course of the morning and early afternoon. It has received a full day of sunshine and, barring any further mishaps, should be ready for play on Monday morning.Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and the rest of South Africas attack will find conditions completely different to what they were when they took the field on Saturday afternoon. The overcast skies and persistent drizzle have moved away and after a full day of sun, the pitch would have flattened out.After rain interrupted play on Saturday afternoon, a steady drizzle turned into a downpour and although the showers had abated by 6am, the outfield was covered with water. Conditions improved significantly between then and 9:30, when it was announced that the morning session would be lost and an inspection would take place at noon.The umpires asked for no artificial measures to be used in drying the outfield in that time, preferring to use the natural processes of sunlight and wind. The super-sopper was not brought out because the muddy patches were too soft and using it would only have worsened the damp outfield.By 12pm, there was further improvement but areas outside the square - which were in pristine condition - and along the perimeter of the outfield, where scant grass had left the sandy patches exposed, were still too wet. Underfoot conditions were deemed treacherous, and a second inspection was planned for 2pm. Even then, the damp patches had not improved enough for play to resume.Of particular concern were patches where puddles had gathered at the edge of the covers, which will lead to questions over the number of covers at Kingsmead. Currently, Kingsmeads covers keep the pitch and square protected but do not extend to the rest of the outfield. It is estimated that Kwa-Zulu Natal Cricket Union would need around R400,000 (US$30,000) to better protect the ground. Should cricket be played in winter again, that investment may have to be made but this time, few would have expected it was needed.Winter rainfall has been prevalent this year despite it being an unusual occurrence in Durban. In the last three weeks, the same amount of rain has fallen that the city usually gets over the three months from August to October. The excessive rain, along with the delayed start to the relaying of the outfield which took place in June, left the outfield unable to cope with the unexpected moisture. Light was also a concern with early sunsets threatening to eat away at playing time, but play continued until 5:20pm on the first day. Still, 12.2 overs were lost on day one and 68 on day two, bringing the total number of overs lost to 170.2.Still, 180 overs remain and with good weather forecast for the next two days, there may be enough time for a result other than a draw. Sundays tickets will be valid for the remaining two days or for a Dolphins domestic match later this season. Cheap Under Armour Shoes China . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. 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Thats not what happened on Wednesday at Great American.Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto hit two-run homers, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 and win the season series between the NLs worst teams.Barnharts homer completed a four-run rally in the sixth off Harrell (1-2), who had allowed only three singles entering the inning. Jose Perazas two-run single tied it, and Barnhart hit a pitch over the middle of the plate for a 4-2 lead in the homer-friendly park.Actually I think it works in my favor, said Harrell, who hadnt allowed a homer this season. You get guys knowing the ball flies, and theyre trying to hit homers. You dont have to be perfect. The home run was just a mistake.Interim manager Brian Snitker thought he left Harrell in the game too long on an 88-degree afternoon. He threw 96 pitches.The wheels came off right there, Snitker said. He did his job and kept us in the ballgame for five innings. Obviously I stayed with him too long.If I knew then what I know now, it would be different.Votto extended his post-All Star break surge with his 16th homer off Ian Krol in the seventh. Votto is 11 for 20 in the last six games with two homers, a double and six walks.The Reds hit six homers while taking two of three in the series.Its a different place, Snitker said of the ballpark. We knew that. Every ball that goes in the air, you think its going to go out.Anthony DeSclafani (5-0) kept up his streak of solid starts since returning from a strained oblique that sidelined him for most of the first half. The right-hander gave up eight hits, including Freddie Freemans homer, in eight innings. DeSclafani is 5-0 in his last six starts with a 2.61 ERA.Adonis Garcia led off the ninth with a homer off Ross Ohlendorf, the 68th homer allowed by Cincinnatis bullpen -- by far the most in the majors.Cincinnati won four of seven this season against the Braves, who have the leagues worst record at 33-62. Cincinnati is 36-59.Atlanta was trying to win back-to-back road series for the first time tthis season.dddddddddddd They Braves are 19-26 on the road overall.Freeman emerged from a slump with his first-inning homer, his 17th this season and his first career at GABP. Freeman was 1 for 19 heading into the game. Erick Aybar doubled in the fifth -- hes in a 5-for-36 slump -- and scored on Chase dArnauds single for a 2-0 lead.STATSGarcia hit safely in all seven games against Cincinnati this season, batting .406 with three homers and four RBI. ... Freeman has fanned in 11 of his last 16 at-bats. ... DeSclafani hasnt walked a batter in his last 21 innings. Hes 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts at GABP. ... Reds relievers have given up 19 homers to the first batter they faced. ... Brandon Phillips singled in his final at-bat, extending his hitting streak to nine games (12 for 34). Its the longest active streak on the club.REPLAYEugenio Suarez was ruled safe as he slid into home on Perazas two-run single in the sixth. The Braves thought that catcher A.J. Pierzynski tagged him before he got his hand on the plate, but the call was upheld on review.OLD DAYSAs part of Major League Baseballs throwback day, the Braves wore 1969 replica uniforms. To honor Ken Griffey Jr.s induction into baseballs Hall of Fame, the Reds wore uniforms from the early 2000s, when he played for his hometown team.TRAINERS ROOMReds: LF Adam Duvall got a day of rest. He was hit by a pitch on the left arm Tuesday night but stayed in the game. ... RH Homer Bailey pitched 5 1/3 innings of a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday afternoon in Columbus, giving up five runs. He threw 83 pitches, 53 strikes. Bailey had Tommy John surgery last year.UP NEXTBraves: The Braves continue their trip with a four-game series in Colorado. Mike Foltynewicz (3-3) is 0-1 career against the Rockies in two starts and two relief appearances.Reds: After a day off, Dan Straily (4-6) opens a three-game series against the Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. 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