The rain usually causes a lot of dismay in cricket, but the biggest image was not lost in Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes, as their KFC BBL clash faded.
The game stopped at the SCG after 6.4 overs on Thursday night, when the Sixers had reached 2-45.
The heavy coverage remained in place until 9.25 p.m., when the referees finally lost hope of an abbreviated competition that would have involved a persecution of more than five.
The next Sixers clash in second place is the Sydney derby on Saturday night at the Olympic Park, while seventh place Hobart welcomes Adelaide on Sunday.
The Sixers player, Nathan Lyon, whose return to BBL has been delayed due to a thumb injury, noted that the wildfires were at the bottom of the players’ minds while waiting in vain for the showers to stop .
“I really can’t complain about the rain right now. I am totally in favor of the rain,” Lyon told Seven Network during the delay.
“The fingers crossed by the fans in which we can get some cricket, but also, hopefully, it rains and remains for a while.”
Lyon and Tim Paine visited the firefighters in Wingello after the SCG Test ended, an experience that the affiliate noted “put many things in perspective.”
“It was a pretty amazing trip,” Lyon said.
“Putting some smiles on the faces of a few exhausted people was special … firefighters are heroes.”
Hobart captain Matthew Wade chose to play on Thursday, knowing that the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method would be a factor if there were a result.
The hurricanes enjoyed a brilliant start, eliminating the talented starter Josh Philippe and the English batter James Vince in four balls.
Philippe was perplexed after loading with the left arm spinner Clive Rose, while Vince was trapped behind the bowling of Scott Boland.
The visitors lost the opportunity to run out of Moses in the final before the covers appeared, but it cost them nothing, since the rain ruined any hope of a result.