Big wet halts Big Bash
The KFC Twenty20 Big Bash clash between Queensland and South Australia at the Gabba has been washed out because of torrential rain in Brisbane.
Both sides receive a point apiece meaning they are still searching for their first wins in this year's competition. The Bulls lost to Victoria on New Year's Eve and the Redbacks were convincingly beaten by New South Wales a day later.
Play was scheduled to start at 6.30pm local time with a latest start time of 8.25pm but both milestones came and went without the downpour ceasing. However, nobody could criticise Queensland's determination to offer some entertainment to the sparse crowd which had braved the dreadful conditions.
The covers briefly came off earlier in the evening while at 7.45pm both captains conferred with the umpires and agreed to play in light rain for the minimum five overs a side to constitute a result.
Fifteen minutes later, ground staff made moves to remove the covers and prepare the wicket while in bizarre scenes Bulls captain Jimmy Maher won the toss and elected the bat first before he and Nathan Adcock sprinted from the field as the rain suddenly worsened.
But the game was officially called off at 8.12pm, robbing patient locals of the chance to see Australia stars Ashley Noffke, James Hopes, Shane Watson and speed machine Shaun Tait in action.
Queensland next faces the Warriors at the WACA on Sunday before travelling to meet the Blues 48 hours later then hosting Tasmania at the Gabba on January 10.
South Australia plays the Tigers at Bellerive Oval on Sunday before entertaining the Warriors and the Bushrangers.