For Arrowtown’s Twenty/20 cricket league hero last Sunday, it was an emotional time.
Local club cricketer Jarred Andrew poured on the runs to help Arrowtown win their third successive title – on the 12th anniversary of his father passing away.
“It was a bit emotional for me,” Andrew, 36, says.
After scoring 59 not out to help his Queenstown senior men’s team beat Cromwell last Saturday, Andrew notched up 71 in Arrowtown’s Twenty/20 semi win against Frankton.
In the final later that day, he then scored a critical 66 after the team – batting first – was tottering at nine for three wickets down.
After making 109, Arrow-town then unexpectedly rolled Kelvin Heights – unbeaten all season – for 78.
Andrew says he’s rapt.
“To beat a team who were unconditional favourites – they were basically the Queenstown Cricket Club side minus a few of us – and roll them for that score was incredible.”
Andrew believes Kelvin Heights weren’t used to chasing and choked: “We just consistently took wickets – catching won it.”
Despite starting with a golden duck, he averaged almost 40 in the Mountain Scene-sponsored league this season and scored about 276 runs – his top score coming against his old Fernhill team.
Arrowtown captain Hayden Fynch, who called his team “a bunch of rough-looking rugby players” after the game, says he doesn’t know how they triumphed.
“I don’t believe anyone can believe Arrowtown’s won one let alone three in a row.”
Round robin series trophy winners were Jack’s Point’s Allan Baillie with 231 runs and Frankton’s Mike Crump with nine wickets.