Lights out! Player and fan fury as cricket game is cancelled after electricity goes down in stadium – minutes after a record-breaking century
- Sydney Thunder coach has slammed Big Bash officials after Gabba loses power
- Brisbane Heat were 2-10 after three overs when a power outage stopped play
- Thunder coach Shane Bond offered to bowl only spinners in an effort to continue
- But the Heat’s coach refused the offer, arguing he wanted consistent conditions
- When the power resumed afterwards, Bond was adamant officials missed a trick
Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond has taken aim at Big Bash officials after his side’s charge towards victory ended in darkness and a farcical no result when half of the Gabba lost power.
Needing 187 for victory after a historic Shane Watson Big Bash century, the Brisbane 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.
A serious power outage in the area around the Gabba meant that play had to be abandoned early into the Brisbane Heat’s reply to Shane Watson’s Big Bash century
Fans were left to amuse themselves, even jokingly turning on their phones’ torch lights in an effort to get play back underway
With no sign of the power returning, the frustrated Thunder coach 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.
Power then cruelly returned to the ground four minutes after play was abandoned, leaving Bond adamant officials had missed a trick.
‘People want to see cricket, they don’t turn up here to see officials making phone calls and not having the nuts to make a decision,’ he said.
‘It’s not an easy job but there’s been some howlers (this season) and it was a chance tonight for them to do the right thing given the circumstances.
‘They (the Heat) obviously didn’t want to play because they were in a bit of crap, which is fair enough, we would’ve done the same.’
Bond and Vettori played for New Zealand together but on Thursday night didn’t see eye to eye, with Vettori saying he was simply following the umpires’ advice.
‘Obviously they wanted to play, they well ahead of the game, they dominated it,’ he said.
Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond (pictured) has taken aim at Big Bash officials after his side’s charge towards victory ended in a farcical no result when half of the Gabba lost power
The Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder was cancelled after the power in the light tower at the Gabba failed
‘But the two independent officials deemed it not safe for conditions.
‘I think we took the cues from the match referee and the umpires.’
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 Australia in a T20.
Needing 187 for victory after a historic Shane Watson Big Bash century, the Brisbane Heat were 2-10 after three overs when an east Brisbane power outage stopped play