The rain is usually a cause of great dismay to cricket, but the big picture has not been lost on Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes while their clash with the KFC BBL has been blown away.
The game stopped at SCG after 6.4 on Thursday evening, when the Sixers had reached 2-45.
The heavy covers remained in place until 9:25 pm, when the referees eventually gave up hope of a reduced game that would have meant a five-man chase.
The next Sixers clash in second place is the Sydney derby on Saturday evening at the Olympic Park, while Sunday in seventh place the Hobart hosts Adelaide.
Sixers spinner Nathan Lyon, whose return to BBL was delayed due to a thumb injury, noticed that the forest fires were in the back of the players’ minds as they waited in vain for the showers to stop.
“I can’t really complain about the rain right now. I’m all about the rain,” Lyon told Seven Network during the delay.
“Fingers crossed for fans where we can get some cricket, but also, hopefully, it’s raining and hanging around for a while.”
Lyon and Tim Paine visited the firefighters in Wingello at the end of the SCG test, an experience that offspinners have noticed “putting many things in perspective”.
“It was a really fantastic trip,” said Lyon.
“Putting some smiles on the faces of some exhausted people was special … firefighters are heroes.”
Captain Hobart Matthew Wade decided to launch on Thursday, knowing that the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method would be a factor if there was a result.
The hurricanes had a brilliant start, removing the talented opener Josh Philippe and the English hitter James Vince in four balls.
Philippe was puzzled after loading the left arm spinner Clive Rose, while Vince was caught behind Scott Boland’s bowling alley.
Visitors lost the chance to run out of Moises Henriques in the final before the covers came, but it didn’t cost anything, with the rain ruining all hope for a result.