‘Genuine threat’: Play abandoned as ‘drenched’ pitch deemed too dangerous in historic BBL first

‘Genuine threat’: Play abandoned as ‘drenched’ pitch deemed too dangerous in historic BBL first

The Renegades’ clash with the Scorchers has been abandoned due to the state of the pitch after rain water leaked through the covers in the lead-up to the game in a historic BBL first.

The Scorchers were 2-30 from 6.5 overs after being sent in by the Renegades with Aaron Hardie (20) and Josh Inglis (3) at the crease, before uneven bounce caused play to be suspended and then eventually abandoned.

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Inglis, who only faced seven balls, threw his arms up after the fifth ball of the over ballooned through to the keeper and could be heard in the effects mic on Fox Cricket repeating: “This is a joke”.

“Oh my god,” Renegades star Aaron Finch exclaimed at the time of that delivery whizzing past Inglis.

Play was stopped for a pitch inspection after uneven bounce due to water on the wicket and the match officials ultimatley deemed the conditions too dangerous to continue.

Michael Vaughan questioned if it was too dangerous or too difficult for the batsmen to continue.

“Is there a genuine threat to the batsmen or is it just really difficult to bat?” Vaughan asked on Fox Cricket.

“I think there is a genuine threat,” Adam Gilchrist replied.

Speaking from the middle of the pitch, Finch said: “I didn’t hear anything that the umps were saying but obviously they’re concerned with how the balls are bouncing from that wet patch here.

“It’s on that good length. It’s six to seven metre length. A few balls are getting in there. They’re obviously a little bit concerned about that.”

The players inspected the pitch after the unbelievable bounce.Source: FOX SPORTS

“It’s been tapped in (by curators) but it’s just taking some big divots out of the surface there as well. You can see that one that josh inglis got just there, it’s gripped the seam and it’s bouncing ridiculously.

“If that’s on line with someone’s body or their head then that could be some real issues.”

He added: “You don’t want to wait for someone to get seriously injured then say ‘we did think it was unsafe’.

“I wouldn’t say it’s unsafe, but it’s slightly on the dangerous side. If you’re looking at player safety and you’re waiting for something to happen and someone to get hit, that’s the wrong attitude.”

Renegades skipper Nic Maddinson was less than impressed with the pitch after water came through the covers onto the pitch in the lead-up to the game.

“The wicket’s absolutely drenched, Maddinson said.

Foc Cricket’s Michael Vaughan joked: “I’d like to know what Nic really thinks about the pitch.”

Earlier Stephen Eskinazi was out for a second ball duck trapped lbw by Tom Rogers in the first over of the match.

Grabs grabs grabs grabs cricket BBL.Source: FOX SPORTS

But replays showed it was missing the stumps despite the Scorchers opting not to challenge the decision.

Cooper Connolly was caught behind by Quinton de Kock off a peach from Will Sutherland for 6 to have the visitors reeling.

MATCH PREVIEW

The Melbourne Renegades host the Perth Scorchers in a blockbuster Big Bash League clash at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong.

The Renegades won the bat flip and sent the Scorchers in to bat first.

However, the day after the Strikers’ clash with the Heat was abandoned due to wet weather, rain could be a factor, but at this stage a full game looks set to go ahead.

The BOM predicts a 30 per cent chance of showers and temperatures of 18 degrees in Geelong on Sunday.

Star import and retired South African star Quinton de Kock is set to debut for the Renegades.

The Renegades are coming off a first up loss to the Sixers, while the Scorchers are playing their first game of the BBL13 season.

Aaron Finch and Jake Fraser-McGurk have started the season in touch with the bat for the Renegades, while Kane Richardson and Will Sutherland have been in good form with the ball.

For the Scorchers Ashton Turner and Josh Inglis will be the danger men with the bat, while Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff will lead the charge with the ball.

It sets the scene for a mouth-watering match between the two sides provided the bad weather stays away.

TEAMS

Renegades XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Joe Clarke, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Nic Maddinson (c), Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Tom Rogers, Kane Richardson, Peter Siddle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Scorchers: Scorchers XI: Stephen Eskinazi, Cooper Connolly, Aaron Hardie, Josh Inglis (wk), Ashton Turner (c), Laurie Evans, Nick Hobson Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Hamish McKenzie, Jason Behrendorff

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