Rain has prevented a thrilling finale to the final round Toyota Futures League fixture between NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country at North Dalton Park in Wollongong.
The wet weather forced play to be abandoned on day four with NSW Metro needing seven runs to win and ACT/NSW Country requiring two wickets.
After NSW Metro resumed at 1/89, the hosts finished 8/276 on Thursday. NSW Blues batsman Ryan Gibson was 51 not out from 52 balls when the players were forced from the field for the second and final time.
Blues seamer Charlie Stobo was the other unbeaten batsman at the crease yet to get off the mark. Debutant fast bowler Benji Floros (3-41) returned best figures for ACT/NSW Country.
ACT/NSW Country captain, and Blues reserve wicketkeeper, Jay Lenton produced an outstanding performance behind the stumps in the second innings. The gloveman claimed six catches.
The draw meant ACT/NSW Country finished second on the Futures League table, after 11 rounds, a fraction more than two points behind Queensland.
The previous day, Blues fast bowler Liam Hatcher returned his second five-wicket haul in as many Futures League matches. He collected 5-58 for Metro.
Opening batsman Daniel Solway and nightwatchman Daniel Fallins were the two unbeaten batsmen overnight for NSW Metro and moved the score to 163.
Solway passed 50 for the fourth time during the Futures League this season and was the first wicket to fall, on day four, for 56 from 154 deliveries.
Fallins soon followed just one short of his half-century. At that point, NSW Metro was 3/188 less than 100 short of victory.
Metro captain Nick Bertus made a solid contribution of 31 from 53 balls before being bowled by Floros, however, Gibson struggled to find other support from the middle-to-lower order.
The hosts lost 5/52 including 3/1 in eight balls. Suddenly, Metro was eight down with 14 runs required.
An over later play was stopped due to the weather and did not resume.
The multiple wicket takers for ACT/NSW Country included Floros, fellow pacemen Joe Kershaw (2-80) and Tom Pinson (2-61).