The first game of the ongoing quadrangular A-Team One-Day series at the Harrup Park in Mackay, between Australia A and National Performance Squad, had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled due to a ‘wet and unsafe outfield’, on Wednesday (August 24).
After an inspection in the morning, match referee Steve Bernard decided to call off the seventh game of the series despite ‘clear and sunny weather’, Cricket Australia’s website reported.
Both the teams split two points each, propelling NPS to the top of the table with 10 points. India A slipped to the second spot with nine, while Australia A are placed third with seven points. South Africa A occupy the spot at the bottom of the table with just five points, but have a game in hand – against India A who have also played only three thus far. However, there looms uncertainly over this fixture as well, slated for Thursday.
Mackay was scheduled for the second half of the tournament. The venue was awarded eight games of the series, including the third-place play-off and the final on September 3 and 4 respectively.