Rain stops warmups days before Cricket World Cup opens

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England's Alex Hales plays a shot from the bowling of West Indies' Sheldon Cottrell during the fifth One Day International cricket match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

BRISTOL, England _ Two Cricket World Cup warmup matches were washed out Sunday with just days to go before the tournament starts in host country England.

South Africa impressed in the brief _ and interrupted _ time they had at the crease, reaching 95-0 in 12.4 overs against West Indies at the County Ground in Bristol.

Hashim Amla hit an undefeated 46-ball 51 _ with one six and eight fours _ and opening partner Quinton de Kock was 37 not out after West Indies won the toss and chose to field.

Not a ball was bowled in Cardiff for the Pakistan-Bangladesh match due to rain.

South Africa plays England in the opening match on Thursday.

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