Frankton force play-off rounds as Fernhill drop their bundle


An upset win by Frankton has caused two play-off rounds to be added to the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 Cricket League.

After the seven-round round-robin competition finished last weekend, four of the eight teams were on top of the points table – Arrowtown, Central Queenstown, Fernhill/Sunshine Bay and Frankton.

Defending champions Fernhill/Sunshine Bay had led into the last round but dropped their bundle against Frankton.
Frankton captain Donald Jackson says after winning the toss he put in his opponents on an Events Centre green top.

Jackson says his team bowled well to roll Fernhill/Sunshine Bay for 116 then overtook that total for the loss of just three wickets despite losing an opener in the first over.

Si Hawken, dropped first ball, made 34 and Rob McDonald, an ex-Taranaki premier grade player, held up an end for his second consecutive 30 despite not having played serious cricket for 15 years before this season.

Jackson says his team is ruing an earlier loss to Wakatipu. “Our batting malfunctioned chasing not a big total.”

In other games last weekend, Jack’s Point held on to the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup by snuffing out Lake Hayes Estate and Central Queenstown rolled Wakatipu. Kelvin Heights versus Arrowtown was washed out but they could play the fixture tomorrow.

In the semi-finals on Sunday, Frankton will play Arrowtown and Central Queenstown will square off against Fernhill/Sunshine Bay – both games start at the Events Centre at 1pm.

The finals will be played on the following Sunday at Jack’s Point.


Points after round 7

Central Queenstown 10
Fernhill/Sunshine Bay 10
Frankton 10
Arrowtown  *8
Jack’s Point 8
Wakatipu 4
Kelvin Heights    *2
Lake Hayes Estate 2

* Game in hand