Rain washes out opener

Australia's Twenty20 competition got off to a damp start

Cricinfo staff

Jimmy Maher cracked 59 from 51 balls © Getty Images
This was hailed as the Big Bash, but ended up being the Big Dash - for shelter, as heavy rain and hailstones washed out the first match of Australia's Twenty20 competition, between Queensland and Tasmania early in the visitors' reply.
A fiery burst from opener Ben Hilfenhaus, who bagged 3 for 17 from his 4 overs, helped to restrict Queensland to a modest 7 for 136. The home side were grateful for opener Jimmy Maher's 59, and for the efforts of Steve Paulsen, too, whose 45 lifted them out of a slump at 4 for 23.
They had captured the early wicket of Michael di Venuto for 5 when heavy rain halted play after just 3.1 overs of Queensland's reply. The match was abandoned an hour later.
WA's reply got off to a slow start, although they picked up the pace and Adam Voges gave them hope with a quickfire 51 from 41 balls. But it was not enough - wickets tumbled thick and fast and they came up two runs short as Shane Harwood held his nerve in the last over: just four runs came off him.