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July 22, 2006
Queensland XI 3 for 108 (Love 53, Wasim 2-29) v Pakistan A. Match abandoned
Rain washed out yet another fixture of the Top End series, as the one-day match between Queensland XI and Pakistan A was abandoned at Cairns. After frequent rain interruptions, the umpires called off play 19 overs into the Queensland innings, with the hosts at 3 for 108.
The start was delayed by three hours due to wet conditions, as play finally got underway at 12.30pm local time, with the match reduced to 34 overs per side. However, showers forced the players off the field almost immediately, reducing another three overs. When play resumed, the Queensland openers feasted on some wayward bowling, scoring at more than five an over. Another interruption followed, reducing the game to 28 overs per side. Wasim Khan pulled things back with the wicket of Ryan Broad, who spooned a catch straight to Hasan Raza at covers. Khan struck again soon after, sending Clinton Perren's off stump cartwheeling towards the wicketkeeper.
Martin Love and Brendan Nash had a good partnership, scoring boundaries at will. Love was dismissed soon after reaching his half-century, driving uppishly to Misbah-ul-Haq at cover point off Mohammad Hafeez. Rain intervened again just as Chris Hatley walked out to bat. There were chances of a resumption when the sun came out, but the umpires officially called it off after deeming the ground unfit for play, particularly due to the wet patches on the bowlers' run-ups.
This is the fifth consecutive match at Cairns to be affected by the weather. This includes the four-day match between Pakistan A and New Zealand A, two one-day matches between the two sides, and the final day of the four-day match between India A and Australia A.
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