The Melbourne Renegades’ home opener against the Perth Scorchers was abruptly called off due to concerns over the pitch’s safety. Heavy rain in Geelong prior to the match seeped under the covers, leaving the surface uneven and unpredictable.
Just 6.5 overs were possible before umpires deemed the playing surface unsafe following overnight rain.
Despite initial optimism from Renegades captain Nic Maddinson, the Scorchers’ batters quickly encountered difficulties. Variable bounce and uneven footing caused Aaron Hardie and others to struggle, with the ball taking “big divots” out of the pitch.
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The turning point came in the seventh over. A Will Sutherland delivery, described as “gripping the seam and bouncing ridiculously,” struck Josh Inglis in the groin and was then inside-edged for a dropped catch. On the very next ball, Inglis attempted a drive that resulted in his dismissal.
Visibly upset by the sequence of events, Inglis expressed his displeasure towards the umpires. Following discussions, the officials concluded that the pitch was unplayable and took the players off the field with the score at 2-30 after 6.5 overs.
Aaron Finch, former Australia captain, described the conditions as “ridiculous,” stating that the ball was behaving erratically and posing a safety risk to players.Aaron Finch Former Australian Captian
We’re disappointed. We’re professional cricketers and we wanted to play cricket for the amazing crowd that’s turned out, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.ASHTON TURNER ON FOX CRICKET
With the match abandoned after only 20 minutes, both teams will receive one point each.