Sport

Wet weather and Duckworth-Lewis dictates fate of Heat

Scorchers players celebrate victory after the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers at The Gabba on December 18, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
Scorchers players celebrate victory after the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers at The Gabba on December 18, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Matt Roberts / Getty Images

RAIN, hail and shine. Three weather events synonymous with a Queensland summer, yet only one of those can sustain a game of cricket.

This week the Brisbane Heat was a victim of the former, courtesy of Duckworth-Lewis.

Evening storms were the flavour of the week as we took on the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on Tuesday night.

Batting first, our innings was cut short on 4-109 from 13 overs when rain intervened.

When the skies finally cleared, Duckworth-Lewis decided the Scorchers needed 51 runs from five overs, with all 10 wickets in hand.

It was an emotional roller coaster for the boys, as we went from holding the momentum to chasing it in the space of a few deliveries.

I have no doubt we could have set close to 200 from a full 20 overs the way we were batting - that would have been a daunting chase for the West Coasters.

Twenty20 can be a funny game at the best of times, but when you throw the added confusion of the Duckworth-Lewis method into the mix it can create all sorts of problems.

It was a different feeling for the bowlers when we stepped out to bowl our five overs, knowing the Scorchers could go as hard as possible with 10 wickets up their sleeve.

More often then not, the D/L method favours the team batting second, and I'd like to see that change.

My suggestion is that if a team has 10 wickets in hand for a full 20-over game, and that number of overs is reduced because of the weather, then the wickets in hand should be reduced in accordance with the percentage of overs to be played.

For instance, if a team is to bat seven overs, which is 35% of the full 20-over allotment, then potential wickets in hand would be reduced by 65%. Of course more often then not, this equation will fall to a decimal place.

In this instance I suggest rounding up, because as always, the benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman.

That would leave the team batting second four wickets in hand, chasing whatever total was deemed by the D/L method.

The general consensus among players and support staff is the D/L method is not suitable for the T20 format and something needs to be changed.

I was no genius at mathematics throughout my schooling and I realise there are probably a few loopholes and issues with my theory when related to different circumstances, but I'm sure they could be fleshed out by someone more qualified with numbers then I am to produce a more equitable situation than we have at present.

Topics:  bbl big bash league brisbane heat cricket perth scorchers t20 big bash league weather



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

It's time for the 2017 senior local achievement award

The NSW Seniors Festival is being held next month.

Do you know someone who would qualify?

New festival joins Quiksilver Pro party

Australian rockers the Rubens will headline the inaugural Cooly Beachfest at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta on March 18

Cooly Beachfest 2017 officially takes off

Do you know the whereabouts of wanted man: Zane Love?

A warrant has been issued for Zane Love.

Police seek help to find a man wanted on drug charges.

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

New festival joins Quiksilver Pro party

Australian rockers the Rubens will headline the inaugural Cooly Beachfest at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta on March 18

Cooly Beachfest 2017 officially takes off

Live music: Boogie on down this weekend

Moreland & Arbuckle will be playing the Currumbin Soundlounge on Friday from 8.30pm.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed (Feb 23 - 27)

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

Top 6 infrastructure projects in the Tweed for 2017

The Gold Coast Airport is getting an upgrade.

Find out what's going in the Tweed.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!