The second Twenty20 international between England and Australia at Old Trafford has been abandoned because of a wet outfield.
Play was due to get underway at 7pm but it was announced at 6.15pm that umpires Peter Hartley and Nigel Llong would instead inspect the pitch at that time.
The first inspection came and went, with the umpires resolving to assess conditions once again at 7.45pm.
However, to the obvious disappointment of the capacity crowd of 19,500, it was announced at around 8pm that the match had been abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Thunderstorms hit Manchester on Tuesday afternoon causing puddles on the outfield, but officials had nevertheless been hopeful of some play.
The bowlers' run-ups at the Brian Statham End were the areas of particular concern, with groundstaff applying sawdust prior to the abandonment.
Both captains supported the decision, with England skipper Paul Collingwood telling Sky Sports 1: "We wanted to get out there and play but you have to be realistic.
"There's an area of concern in the run-ups and it's unfit for international cricket.
"The umpires have made a brave decision calling it off early.
"The run-ups are the first thing you want to keep dry. Unfortunately with the thunderstorms we've had this afternoon that hasn't been possible."
Australia captain Michael Clarke added: "[The Statham End] is the worst area, where the guys have to run in and bowl, jump to take off.
"It's very difficult because there's such a good crowd in and both teams wanted to play, but even for me, 75 kilos, walking on it, it doesn't feel safe, so I can't imagine, Brett Lee running in, it's going to be safe for him.
"Every game we play we want to satisfy the audience but safety has to come first."
Sunday's first Twenty20 game between the two sides, also at Old Trafford, was ended prematurely by rain.
England now have just two 20-over matches before next year's World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
"In the bigger picture, you want to get out there - not at all costs because it's not fit - but there's a few games before the World Cup and the team want to go out and show what they can do," Collingwood added.
"We're desperate to get out there, but the conditions have taken over.
"This is an international Twenty20 game and you have to be realistic. If the conditions are unfit you have to make a brave stance."
However, Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes criticised the umpires' decision and said it short-changed the spectators.
"If this was a domestic game, Lancashire versus Yorkshire on a Friday night with 16,000 people in, we'd have been playing," he said.
"I don't see what the difference between that and international cricket is.
"If we can't play international cricket in those conditions, we shouldn't be playing it.
"If this was a Test match, a four-day game, I'd be right behind [the decision], all I'm saying is there's people who've spend £50 to come to this game tonight.
"We've got to consider what competition we are playing here. This is a Twenty20 competition where we know we're not going to be playing in 100 per cent conditions."
Cumbes said he thought the outfield was playable and also praised the efforts of Old Trafford groundstaff to contend with large amounts of rainfall in recent weeks.
"My groundsman said to me this morning that he was getting to the stage where water is actually coming up now because we've covered it for so long - we've had so much rain," he continued.
"You put covers on and it sweats.
"I went out there and had a look at it and I thought I would be treading and bringing water up - it's nowhere near that.
"[The spectators] will understand if they see puddles on the outfield, if they see people slipping around in practice, if it's raining.
"They won't understand when they look at a field like this, and I have to say I sympathise."
Clarke also said he was looking forward to the one-day series, which begins at The Oval on Friday, and the return of captain Ricky Ponting.
"We get Ricky back in a couple of games which will be nice and hopefully we can get to The Oval and get a win under our belts," he said.