The Arrowtown Rugby Club have drawn first blood against rivals Wakatipu – on the cricket field.
The two rugby clubs, who field teams in the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league, were fighting for “Battle of the Basin” bragging rights last Friday.
Wakatipu, with just five wickets down at the death, pulled up an agonising one run short of Arrowtown’s tally of 110.
Nick Lynch and Tom Dagg top-scored for Arrowtown, with 35 and 23 respectively while Steve Ridley starred for Wakatipu, taking 4-11 and making 62 runs.
The Central Queenstown Pelicans took the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup off Frankton. The Pelicans surpassed Frankton’s paltry 83 with four wickets to spare. Pelican Greg Douglas followed up his three-wicket bowling haul with 20 handy runs.
Fernhill keep Central Queens-town company at the top of the table after a 40-run win over bottom-placed Lake Hayes Estate. Fernhill’s Regan Pearce scored 30 runs and took two wickets for 14.
Kelvin Heights, this season’s surprise package, stayed in semi-final contention, by knocking up 99 and then restricting Jack’s Point to 91.
Semi-finals and finals follow this weekend’s last round-robin games.
Cricketers’ final fling
The Queenstown senior men’s cricketers need to win two games in Alexandra this Saturday to take Central Otago’s Twenty/20-format Scurr Cup. They advanced to the semis against Blackstone Hill by beating Upper Clutha’s Albion at home last Saturday. After making 148 for 6 – Jarred Andrew top-scored with 67 – they restricted Albion to 132 for 7. If they win Saturday’s semi they play the winner of the Alexandra-Albion game.