Ex-AB drops ball – but not Queenstown

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Don’t be fooled by the grimace – former All Black Justin Marshall is now a happily settled Queenstowner. 

Marshall, who brought his family to live in the Wakatipu after the devastating Christchurch earthquake a year ago, was snapped last Sunday ruing a dropped catch whilst playing for the Jack’s Point Angry Dragons in the local Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league. 

“I dropped an absolute sitter that possibly could have won us the match – I’ve usually got a very good safe pair of hands.” 

Marshall, playing at the Events Centre in Frankton, dropped Fernhill/Sunshine Bay batsman Sean Windle in the 60s – Windle went on to make a match-high 92 and his side won by 38 runs.

Marshall, struggling with a sore calf, says despite his “reasonably disgraceful” fielding, wife Nicolle and their three sons are stoked with Queenstown nine months after the move. 

“We love it so much I can’t see us leaving,” Marshall says. 

As well as getting involved in social cricket, Marshall also hopes to squeeze in a couple of appearances playing local club rugby games. 

It wasn’t all doom and gloom on the cricket pitch – he scored 33 opening the batting and bowled well though admits some deliveries were possibly “a bit short”. 

The halfback who played 81 Tests for the All Blacks says it was his first competitive cricket since giving it away to concentrate on rugby in his late teens. 

Marshall’s Sky Sport rugby commentary work resumes when Super 15 rugby kicks off on February 24. 

“It’s a bloody busy calendar year so I’m looking forward to it.”