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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thunder fume as game abandoned after power outage


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Sydney Thunder's charge towards victory has ended in darkness and a farcical no result after half of the Gabba lost power early in the Heat's failing run chase.

Needing 187 for victory after a historic Shane Watson Big Bash century, the Heat were 2-10 after three overs when an east Brisbane power outage stopped play.

Five overs are needed in a run chase to constitute a game, leaving the Thunder short of what appeared an easy two points given Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn were already dismissed.

With no sign of the power returning, frustrated Thunder coach Shane Bond offered to bowl only spinners in a last-ditch effort to continue.

But it was refused by the Heat, with coach Daniel Vettori arguing he wanted consistent conditions and the umpires deeming the conditions unsafe for players and spectators.

"I think it's poor," Thunder coach Bond told Fox Sports.

"The lights are fine in terms of the boundary, it's particularly the middle and I said we would only bowl spin.

"If we were offered the same thing we would say, 'Yep'."

BBL players were not pleased at the light outage

Both teams collected a point, denying the third-placed Thunder a chance to move into second and keeping the sixth-placed Heat in touch with the top four.

Fans were left to amuse themselves, even jokingly turning on their phones' torch lights in an effort to get play back underway.

Earlier Watson had become the oldest BBL centurion at 37, smoking 100 off 62 balls at the former Queensland and Australian allrounder's old stomping ground.

In doing so he became the first to notch three figures in the BBL, IPL and for Australian in a T20.

https://twitter.com/BBL/status/1085857921102041088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Dropped on 33, Watson then did as he pleased in a brutal maiden BBL century that featuring six sixes and some classic driving and pulling.

He took to Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-33 from four overs) and erratic quick Brendan Doggett (1-31 from three) in particular, racing from 50 to 100 in just 24 balls.

The Ipswich product brought up the milestone in the 18th over but was dismissed on the next ball he faced.

https://twitter.com/ThunderBBL/status/1085868442538758144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Sydney had raced to 1-105 after 12 overs with Anton Devcich (26 from 25) putting on 58 with Watson for the first wicket.

Heat debutant Jack Prestwidge (0-14 from two) was one the Heat's tidiest bowlers and would've had Watson's wicket if Max Bryant had held onto the sharp chance at point.

Sydney Thunder's charge towards victory has ended in darkness and a farcical no result after half of the Gabba lost power early in the Heat's failing run chase.

Needing 187 for victory after a historic Shane Watson Big Bash century, the Heat were 2-10 after three overs when an east Brisbane power outage stopped play.

Five overs are needed in a run chase to constitute a game, leaving the Thunder short of what appeared an easy two points given Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn were already dismissed.

With no sign of the power returning, frustrated Thunder coach Shane Bond offered to bowl only spinners in a last-ditch effort to continue.

But it was refused by the Heat, with coach Daniel Vettori arguing he wanted consistent conditions and the umpires deeming the conditions unsafe for players and spectators.

"I think it's poor," Thunder coach Bond told Fox Sports.

"The lights are fine in terms of the boundary, it's particularly the middle and I said we would only bowl spin.

"If we were offered the same thing we would say, 'Yep'."

BBL players were not pleased at the light outage

Both teams collected a point, denying the third-placed Thunder a chance to move into second and keeping the sixth-placed Heat in touch with the top four.

Fans were left to amuse themselves, even jokingly turning on their phones' torch lights in an effort to get play back underway.

Earlier Watson had become the oldest BBL centurion at 37, smoking 100 off 62 balls at the former Queensland and Australian allrounder's old stomping ground.

In doing so he became the first to notch three figures in the BBL, IPL and for Australian in a T20.

https://twitter.com/BBL/status/1085857921102041088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Dropped on 33, Watson then did as he pleased in a brutal maiden BBL century that featuring six sixes and some classic driving and pulling.

He took to Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-33 from four overs) and erratic quick Brendan Doggett (1-31 from three) in particular, racing from 50 to 100 in just 24 balls.

The Ipswich product brought up the milestone in the 18th over but was dismissed on the next ball he faced.

https://twitter.com/ThunderBBL/status/1085868442538758144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Sydney had raced to 1-105 after 12 overs with Anton Devcich (26 from 25) putting on 58 with Watson for the first wicket.

Heat debutant Jack Prestwidge (0-14 from two) was one the Heat's tidiest bowlers and would've had Watson's wicket if Max Bryant had held onto the sharp chance at point.

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