Finch & Wilson show


Country reps’ century stand puts bite into Reptiles.

Central Queenstown’s Hay­­­­den Finch and Fraser Wilson knocked the stuffing out of a depleted Frankton attack to win the final of the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 Cricket League.

Central Queenstown Pelicans took the Sheehy Cup – named after a longtime Queenstown cricket family – with an eight-wicket win at the picturesque, albeit windy, Jack’s Point cricket oval last Sunday.

The Frankton Reptiles put up a competitive 138 for 7 from their 20 overs, with Brett “Pudd” Paterson top-scoring with 42.

Six bowlers shared the wickets, with Brenden “Ralphy” Winder taking two.

In reply, the Pelicans lost two early wickets but soon regrouped. Otago Country reps Finch, with six sixes in his 66, and Wilson, with 39, combined for an undefeated century stand to take them to victory in the 17th over.

Frankton captain Donald Jackson wasn’t making excuses afterwards but noted the Reptiles missed two key bowlers – Paterson left at the change of innings to catch a plane for a business trip and Darren “Dazz” Hooper rolled his ankle in the field.

Ironically, the Pelicans, in their humorous internet blog, had offered odds Jackson would be hit in the box – and he was, though he did score a four with the next ball before being dismissed.

This season’s league concluded with semis and a final after four of the eight competing teams shared the lead after seven rounds.

Fernhill/Sunshine Bay won the inaugural competition last year – this season they were upset by the Pelicans in the semis.