Lights go out, game called off in finals frustration
CRICKET: An electrical fault in a lighting tower led to a Twenty20 game between Souths and Brothers to be called off.
Souths captain Brad Best was left frustrated.
"It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth," Best said.
"We are fighting to be in the finals - this game might have been the key difference later on," he said.
The top four teams in the Twenty20 competition play in the finals.
Best was adamant his team and Brothers had now been disadvantaged.
"Had we gotten the result in this game we would be on top, and Brothers are in fourth place (so) a win would have boosted their chances," he said.
"You get six points for a win so if this game isn't rescheduled or played, those are points that could have helped either team."
Eight overs were played after Souths won the toss and elected to bat first.
Best scored 18 runs off of eight balls.
"We were off to a good start scoring eight runs an over before play stopped," he said.
"The team was on 66/1 when the game was stopped," he said.
"It's hard to say how the game would have gone but we were on track for a big total."
Best was confident that the game could be rescheduled and hoped the match review panel came to a decision this week.
"Maybe we can do it on a Sunday night at 6pm, that would work," he said.
- Friday games - Norths beat Walkerston and Pioneer Valley beat Magpies
- Saturday games - Souths v Brothers called off and Norths beat Magpies
- Sunday games - Souths beat Pioneer Valley and Walkerston beat brothers