Defending champs Central Queenstown Pelicans were quick to snaffle more silverware in the opening round of the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league last Sunday.
The Pelicans took the Ian Paterson Challenge Trophy off Jack’s Point Angry Dragons – who held it at the end of last season – with a 20-run win at the Events Centre.
The Pelicans raised eyebrows by including Otago Volts opener Leighton Morgan in their side – he top-scored with 42.
Selecting Morgan, unwanted for Otago’s Twenty/20 campaign, was a sign of Pelican desperation after losing their pre-season game to Arrowtown, Dragons 12th man Chris Campbell alleges.
Yet Pelican Brad Patterson counters by saying Morgan’s been in their squad for three seasons – he’s just been unavailable till now.
“Chris Campbell should be more worried about breaking into his own ranks than worry who’s playing for another team,” says Patterson, who redeemed his golden duck batting by taking 3-9 in four overs with the ball.
Campbell is surprised the Pelicans didn’t score more than 118 but credits his team’s fielding and tight bowling, apart from “short rubbish” from Clark Pirie.
“Clark needs to spend more time in the nets than at Burger King,” Campbell reckons.
The Pelicans will have their work cut out defending their new silverware this Sunday against the Fernhill Goats, who cleaned up Wakatipu by 55 runs last weekend – Fernhill’s Jarred Andrew scored 81 not out and teammate Regan Pearce took 3-8 from four overs.
Michael Collins, 16, scored 34 and took 3-5 off three overs for Frankton, who beat Lake Hayes Estate by 61 runs.
And Arrowtown pummelled Kelvin Heights by 82 runs – for Arrowtown, Tom Dagg top-scored with 67 while Winter brothers Aidan and Reece each took three wickets.
SUNDAY’S DRAW (all at Events Centre): 11am – Ground 1: Jack’s Point v Wakatipu. Ground 2: Kelvin Heights v Lake Hayes Estate. 2pm – Ground 1: Central Queenstown v Fernhill/Sunshine Bay. Ground 2: Arrowtown v Frankton.