Match abandoned Australia A v National Performance Squad
The first of the quadrangular series matches at Harrup Park in Mackay, between Australia A and the National Performance Squad, was abandoned without a ball bowled due to a "wet and unsafe" outfield. Cricket Australia's website reported that despite "clear and sunny weather", match referee Steve Bernard decided against play after inspecting the ground on Wednesday morning.
This was the first of eight games scheduled at Harrup Park. Following the league stage, the ground is scheduled to host the final of the series, which also includes South Africa A and India A. The two overseas teams are set to play at the venue on Thursday, but the CA site said it remained unclear as of now whether that match would go ahead.
The first six games of the series were played at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville, following which India A sat atop the table with nine points from three games. Following the abandonment, the National Performance Squad moved to the top of the points table, with 10 points from four games.
The abandonment came in a week when two Test matches were affected by damp outfields, with play not happening over several days in Durban and Trinidad despite the sun shining.