KFC BBL|08

Lights out: Gabba match abandoned

A power outage in Brisbane played havoc with the lights at the Gabba with the Thunder on top

Sam Ferris

17 January 2019, 06:40 PM AEST

The result: Thunder 4-186 (Watson 100) and Heat 2-10 - match abandoned.

The match in a tweet: Watto was back to his bruising best before the lights went out after 23 overs with the Thunder in complete control

The lights out: With the Heat 2-10 after three overs, one section of the Gabba, including one huge light tower and electronic scoreboard, went out. A power outage in Brisbane's East Grid shut down all the lights at the Stanley St end of the stadium to leave the fans, players and officials frustrated and powerless. Thunder coach Shane Bond said his side offered to bowl just their spinners but the Heat rejected that offer, opting to stick with the umpires' assessment that play was unsafe for the fans in the crowd. About four minutes after the players shook hands, the lights came back on. It was too late. The teams shared the points, one each, with the match abandoned. 

Before the outage, there was some cricket.

The hero: Take a bow, Shane Watson! The 37-year-old was merciless on the Heat bowlers at the Gabba, clubbing eight fours and sis sixes in his brutal 62-ball innings. Every trademark shot was on show; the thunderous straight drive, the heave over mid-wicket, the one-legged cut behind square and blistering on-drive through wide mid-on. It was a crucial knock too given the absence of superstar international Jos Buttler and the inexperienced batting line-up the Thunder fielded. With the #10yearchallenge all the rage on social media, Watson wound back the clock to his prime in 2009 and produced a vintage performance.

Watson unleashes for first ton of BBL08

The killer blows: Chasing 187 to win, Brisbane needed their resident Bash Brothers Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn to do the bulk of the heavy lifting. But between them, the in-form pair scored just four. McCullum was out for a golden duck to overseas export Chris Jordan before Jordan was in the action again removing Lynn for four, catching the Heat captain from the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu.

The turning point: Max Bryant would have felt sick in his stomach when he dropped Watson on just 33. The Thunder captain cut hard to Bryant at backward point but the youngster put down the chance having looked as though he had control. It would prove to be a costly miss.

The stat: Let's talk some more about Watson. The hulking batsman (he's not bowling these days so we've stripped him of his allrounder status) is now the first Australian to score a century in the BBL, IPL and for his country.

The next stops: The Heat take on the Sixers at the SCG on Jan 20 while the Thunder host the Renegades two days later.