BBL: What happens if it rains during a finals game?

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Photo: Getty Images. 

Original article posted on www.bigbash.com.au 

Mother Nature is being a little .. how should we say it... unfavourable, to us here in Melbourne right now. We've had some droplets of rain early this morning, which has started to ease with every hour that's passed.  So with the possibility (it's not looking to bad right now) of bad weather affecting tonight's semi-final (Friday 22 January) between Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the question of 'what happens in the event of a washout?' has been a regular one to arise.

Firstly, a match will only be considered abandoned if there is a failure to complete a minimum of five overs in each innings.

*** For anyone who needs some help with their cricket terminology: 
In the sport of cricket, an over is a set of six balls bowled from one end of a cricket pitch.  

If that's the case, the high-ranking team will progress to the final – in this case, Melbourne Stars, who leapfrogged the Scorchers into second spot with a dramatic victory in Perth last Saturday night.

The official BBL playing conditions handbook explains: "In circumstances where a result is not possible in a semi-final then the team which finished higher on the points table at the completion of all preliminary matches shall qualify for the final."

The same situation applies in the final – that is, in the event of a washout, the higher-ranked team lifts the trophy.

The official BBL playing conditions handbook explains: "In circumstances where a result is not possible in a semi-final then the team which finished higher on the points table at the completion of all preliminary matches shall qualify for the final."

The same situation applies in the final; in the event of a washout, the higher-ranked team lifts the trophy.

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So what are the weather gurus saying?

Accoring to the BOM there is a v
ery high chance of rain today, around 90%, which we are well aware of given this morning's downpour. But the good news is the BOM is also predicting this rain will become less likely this evening. So let's just hope that means it might clear early, given it arrived early this morning. 

Here's some tweets from some well known weather forecasters.