Arrowtown amazingly notched up its fifth Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league title in a row last Sunday.
After beating Frankton in a low-scoring semi-final on Friday, it faced the Kelvin Heights Ducks – who beat Jack’s Point in their semi – for the third year running.
Playing on the main Events Centre oval, Arrowtown notched up a respectable 132, helped by five dropped catches.
Tom Dagg, with 42, was supported by Cam Beel with 32 and Adam Hubber’s 32 – Dagg also top-scored, with 22, in Arrowtown’s semi-final.
In reply, the Ducks’ experienced top order batsmen dawdled, admittedly in the face of accurate bowling, and never looked like overtaking Arrowtown’s total, finishing 33 runs short.
“We were very surpised at the way they decided to bat,” Arrowtown captain Nick Lynch says.
“We had a battle getting 11 players but everyone that did play was pretty handy – the best thing about our team is everyone can sort of hold a bat and everyone can catch.”
Lynch says it was also pleasing they showed they could win the competition despite the loss of their influential captain Hayden Finch who shifted to Dunedin last year.
Veteran Ducks player John Cushen, who turned 65 on the day of the final, says “perhaps we took the wrong option” in starting so slowly with the bat “but on the day they played much better”.
“Not the best birthday present but I tell you what, there’s a lot of guys in this world who’d like to get to 65.”