Despite the best efforts of Australia’s women cricketers, the second one-day international against the West Indies had to be abandoned because of bad weather.
There were comical scenes as the hosts rushed to help shorthanded ground staff pull covers over the pitch at a wet and wild Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the West Indies were struggling at 8-107 after 25.3 overs, none of the tourists leant a hand.
Australia’s efforts were in vain as the match was called off soon afterwards.
“We were just trying to help out the ground staff as much as we could,” legspinner Alana King said, after snaring career-best figures of 3-16 from five overs.
“They were a bit short today so we were trying to make light work and everyone chipped in.
“I was wondering who was going to get flicked first with the massive gust of wind.
“We tried our best but unfortunately the rain just got too much.”
The outcome left Australia 1-0 up in the three-match one-day series, after winning the preceding Twenty20 series 2-1.
Thursday’s fixture was reduced to 29 overs per side after steady rain forced a three-and-a-half-hour delay to the start of play.
Rashada Williams and returning captain Hayley Matthews gave the Windies a bright start after they were eventually sent in to bat under grey skies.
The openers made 23 and 20 respectively but couldn’t go on with the job as King and Annabel Sutherland ensured wickets fell at regular intervals.
Sutherland took 3-6 from five overs as she celebrated her 22nd birthday.
Aaliyah Alleyne (28 not out) was the only other West Indies batter to reach double figures before rain forced players off the field.
King shone on return after being called into the side as a replacement for injured quick Darcie Brown (hamstring).
“I was just stoked they were coming out really nicely and have been for a few weeks now,” King said.
“It was great to get a few wickets but just a shame the match got abandoned.”
King spent a month working on her craft in Perth after featuring in The Hundred and is reaping the benefits.
“I’m just making sure that I own my length,” the 27-year-old said.
“I think maybe in the Ashes we drifted too full, so it’s just making sure that I bring back that length and challenge both sides of the stumps to make sure all modes of dismissal are in play.”
Ellyse Perry did not bowl for Australia as she continues her comeback from a knee injury.
The ODI series wraps up on Saturday with another Junction Oval fixture.