Cornelius cut ’em in half

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Central Queenstown Pelicans’ fast bowler Wade Cornelius has achieved the rare feat of destroying a batsman’s middle stump. 

Cornelius, 32 – who took 40 first-class wickets for Canterbury – claimed two other wickets, including a first-ball bouncer which caused Steve Fraser to tread on his stumps at the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 game last Friday. 

The Pelicans overtook Kelvin Heights’ 115 runs in their 18th over, Damian Petre top-scoring with 40. 

In Friday’s other opening-round game, Arrowtown trounced Wakatipu by 77 runs. Arrowtown’s Hayden Finch top-scored with 42 and Tom Lynch took 3 for 15. 

On Sunday, Jack’s Point came up six runs shy of Frankton’s 90. 

In the other game, Fernhill/Sunshine Bay amassed an amazing 187, Sean Windle whacking 88, including seven sixes. Lake Hayes Estate were then rolled for 111. 

SECOND ROUND DRAW (all at Events Centre): Friday 5.30pm – Ground 1: Lake Hayes Estate v Frankton; Ground 2: Central Queenstown v Fernhill/Sunshine Bay; Sunday 1pm – Ground 1: Kelvin Heights v Wakatipu; Ground 2: Jack’s Point v Arrowtown