Big Bash Thrown Into The Dark With Light Outage
The Big Bash match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder has been abandoned because of a power failure at the Gabba.
The flood lights around the stadium went out about 8.13pm local time, just at the start of Heat's batting innings.
"The stadium is currently investigating an external power issue that is impacting the stadium's power," said screens around the ground.
Heat confirmed on its Twitter account there was a power outage on Stanley and Vulture Street nearby.
Every four minutes the game was delayed an over of play was lost.
The game had to have restarted by 9.11pm local time for enough overs to have been played to constitute a fair match.
But at the cutoff time, it was confirmed the match would be abandoned.
Heat captain Chris Lynn walked on to the field to shake hands with a very reluctant Thunder captain Shane Watson to signal the end of the non-match.
Thunder, who had taken two quick wickets and were in control of the match at the time the power failed, were keen to keep the game going.
A fuming Thunder coach, Shane Bond, said his team had offered to only use spin bowlers "in good faith".
"We think it's safe enough to play, the word is that Brisbane had to agree with it (only using bowling spinners), but they've said no," he told Fox Sports.
However Heat coach Daniel Vettori did not want the game to continue because of safety risks.
"Umpires said the conditions aren't good enough. That's what we think as well... it's still hard to see the ball. We want the conditions to be even the whole way through," he said.
In a comical twist of fate, just minutes after the game was called off, the offending light tower came back to life.
The lack of match result means each team walks away with one point.