The McDonald's Megahit Grand Final delivered on all the drama the Friday night fixture promised during a controversial, but brilliant, match-up between Macquarie and the Newtown Tigers.
The action, slowed somewhat by soaring heats, came to an abrupt end with the Tigers only batting for 19 overs by the time the game was called.
Temperatures soared high enough that third grade fixtures were cancelled for the weekend and more frequent drink breaks were pointed to as a cause for the late finish.
Macquarie, ahead by ten runs, were declared the winners with the Tigers going down 8/156 to 6/166.
Despite the circumstances, Macquarie's Ed Haylock said the result showed a strong team effort from his side's line-up.
"It was a good result, we had six people who'd played every game this year playing on Friday, it meant it was a real team effort rather than just the individuals coming in and doing their part whenever they can," Haylock said.
Among the stand-outs for the grand final winning side was recently christened Macquarie clubman and Dubbo District Cricket veteran Ben Strachan, whose contributions to his new side this season have been key in Macquarie's success both in T20 and Whitney Cup cricket.
"He played the role that he's been playing for both our night team and our Whitney Cup team this season where he gets himself dug in around the middle and looks to tee off a bit at the end and looks to catch up."
Strachan tallied up 65 runs during Macquarie's turn with the bat, sending four to the boundary and another four soaring past it.
The results means Macquarie have played a loss less season, which Haylock credits to two key contributors, Parkes' batsman Myles Smith and Joe Haylock.
Smith opened the batting stakes with a respectable 38 runs before being caught by Jake Battishall, but has been clutch for the team all season.
"He's been a real contributor for us in the night team this year, he came across from Parkes into the Dubbo Association looking to pick up a few more games and he's filled that spot nicely in our team, he really compliments what we like to do," Haylock said.
"Joe's really grown throughout the season, the results really came on the back of his decision making and him bowling the right balls at the right time."
Dan French slugged his way past a half-century deep into Newtown's order to keep their chase alive before being caught for 61.
"He really put us under pressure late in the game," Haylock said.
While discussion over the final's ending will no doubt continue throughout the aftermath, Haylock said the shortened innings shouldn't have come as a surprise.
"It's the umpire's decision at the end of the way, but it wasn't a surprise that the game ended after the 19th over, at the end of the day, it is what it is."
Tigers captain Mat Skinner expressed frustration looking back on the game, but said there wasn't much that could be done about it now.
"There's not much you can do about it at this point, it was a bit disappointing, I've had a few people say that with it being so hot and it being a grand final, there should be some leniency given with the time, but that was the umpire's decision and there's not much to be done about it now."