Cricket tribute to Ewan Maxwell

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Queenstowner Ewan Maxwell, who died in a hunting fall two weeks ago, was remembered by cricketing colleagues last Sunday. 

Members of the Millbrook Cricket Club – who he regularly played for – and the Queenstown Central Pelicans observed a minute’s silence before their game at the Millbrook corner, near Arrowtown. 

Ewan’s wife Jan batted for the Pelicans and son Tom bowled for them, having veteran John Petre caught at fifth slip off his first ball. 

The Pelicans, who narrowly won, were presented with the Ewan Maxwell Good Bugger’s Trophy, which the teams will now play for whenever they meet. 

Pelicans’ Brad Patterson says the match was “very much a celebration of Ewan’s life and what he was – just a good bugger. 

“That’s the way the game was played, everybody getting out there and giving it a crack and having a good time.” 

A large crowd turned out for the 55-year-old’s funeral the day before. He is survived by Jan and five children.