A Big Bash League clash between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder has been abandoned after a power outage in Brisbane saw the Gabba’s floodlights shut down.
- One side of the Gabba lost lights after three overs of the Heat’s chase
- The Heat were 2-10 with their best batsmen dismissed when the lights went out
- The teams split the points, but the Thunder were not happy and one player hinted they may appeal
It was an ominous sign with a day-night Test against Sri Lanka set to start at the Brisbane ground in a week’s time.
The Thunder belted 4-186 off their 20 overs, powered by a Shane Watson century — the first of the season — and the Heat were in all sorts at 2-10, with big hitters Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum, after three overs when the stadium started going dark.
Many, but not all, of the stadium’s lights went out as homes in the surrounding suburbs of East Brisbane and Woolloongabba lost power.
Ultimately the match was abandoned and the Thunder were clearly upset, with Watson reluctantly shaking hands with match officials after it was made official.
Thunder coach Shane Bond said he would happily bowl spinners so as to not endanger the Heat batsmen.
“We think it’s safe enough to play,” he told Fox Sports.
“The word is for us that Brisbane had to agree to it [and] they’ve said no, obviously being in trouble.
“The umpires have said ‘we’re going to lean with Brisbane, we think it’s unsafe’.
“I think it’s poor. The lights are fine in terms of the boundary [and] in the middle.”
But Brisbane batsman and Bond’s former New Zealand teammate, Brendon McCullum, said playing on was not sensible.
“What if someone gets hit in the crowd?” McCullum said.
“There’s health and safety issues.”
Thunder hint at appealing decision
Bond also said he did not see why the Heat got to have a say on the matter when umpires make executive decisions when rain affects matches.
He also confirmed match officials told him the safety concerns were more for fielders and the crowd than for the batsmen.
The Heat and Thunder each received one point from the game, with the third-placed Sydney-siders justifiably upset to have been robbed of the chance to leapfrog the Melbourne Renegades for second spot.
Thunder batsman Callum Ferguson said he felt the light was good enough for the fielders and hinted the Thunder may appeal the decision.
“We felt like we dominated the fixture for 23 overs … so it’s a pretty frustrating situation,” he said.
“We’re hopeful that at the end of it all we’ll hopefully get the full points out of the game, but it’s hard to know at this stage.
“Obviously there’ll be a lot of water to go under the bridge in the next few days.”