T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Heat washed out in final CLT20 match

1/10/2013 07:25 AM
CLT20

The Brisbane Heat's flickering chances of snatching a win in their last game of the Champions League T20 tournament in India were washed away in dramatic fashion on Monday night in Ahmedabad.

The Heat were hoping to upset Hyderabad Sunrisers, who also needed to win to keep alive their mathematical chances of qualifying for this week's semi-finals and final in Jaipur and Delhi.

Instead, a ferocious storm swept across the ground with three overs still left in the earlier match of the double-header between the Titans and Trinidad & Tobago, which was won by T&T by six runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

The Ahmedabad Stadium, which also hosted washouts earlier in the tournament, was swamped by the heavy rain, with swirling wind gust partly blowing off the covers and sending advertising hoardings flying around the venue.

An inspection of the ground by the umpires at 9pm (local time), an hour after the scheduled starting time, quickly concluded there was no chance of play and the game was officially abandoned, with both teams gaining two points.

The winless Heat or fellow Australian Big Bash League team Perth Scorchers are set to finish bottom of the CLT20, with Perth to take on Mumbai Indians in their final match.

Brisbane captain James Hopes said it was a disappointing end to the campaign.

"We had hoped to provide a solid account of ourselves tonight, but the weather had the final say.

"It's been a tough few weeks for us, but we'll head back home now and get ready for the summer ahead. Most of the boys will turn out for their clubs on the weekend and then the Queensland Bulls squad will get into our preparation for the Ryobi Cup campaign," Hopes said.

Gold Coast spinner Brad Ipson was one of the most disappointed with the deluge that ended the campaign, with the veteran selected earlier in the day to make his Brisbane Heat debut.

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