CA rejects Thunder appeal for full points in abandoned Heat clash

By Peter Hanson 22 January 2019 2
CA rejects Thunder appeal for full points in abandoned Heat clash

Sydney Thunder have had their appeal to be awarded full points for the abandoned Big Bash League fixture against Brisbane Heat rejected by Cricket Australia (CA).

A power failure at the Gabba early in the Heat's reply to the Thunders' 186-4 led to a no result, with the visitors claiming they should be awarded the full two points.

The Thunder's challenge was based on the fact that they felt the host venue had a responsibility to provide floodlighting and have a back-up source in case of a failure.

But a CA review found that the playing conditions were correctly applied and the right result awarded, meaning each team will be awarded a point.

Head of Big Bash Leagues, Kim McConnie said: "After reviewing the issues the Thunder presented we have determined that the correct decision was made, and the result of the match will stand.

"The BBL match on Thursday 17 January was unable to be completed due to an external power issue that was outside the control of Cricket Australia, the Brisbane Heat, and the Gabba.

 "The umpires on the night applied the correct Playing Conditions in determining the conditions at the match to be both dangerous and unreasonable due to insufficient light.

 "The safety of players and officials is of paramount importance to Cricket Australia and any Playing Condition relating to the safety of our players is one that is treated very seriously by our match officials. 

"The match officials are ultimately responsible for the safety of our players and officials whilst on the field of play and we entrust them to make decisions with this in mind."

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