THE HAGUE, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Due to heavy rain all play-off matches were cancelled on Friday at the World Softball Championship in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
With only two days left for the tournament the rain caused definite cancellation of all consolation games at the championship. On Saturday now the top eight play-offs matches are on the program and on Sunday the final and the bronze medal match will be played.
Reigning champions Japan, winners of Section A, play Australia, the number two of Group B, while nine-time world champions the United States, undefeated in Section B, meet Canada, the number two of Group A.
New Zealand play Chinese Taipei and China face hosts the Netherlands in the bottom half of the top eight. For the latter teams the bronze is the highest possible achievement.