The Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league has remarkably witnessed hat-tricks in successive weeks.
Frankton Jets’ Tommy Clarke achieved the rare feat during a tight spell of four wickets for 10 runs off four overs against Jack’s Point Angry Dragons last Friday.
A week earlier, Will Curnow’s hat-trick for Lake Hayes Rabbits was the first in the league’s seven-year history.
Clarke’s spell-binding spell restricted the Dragons to 84 in reply to Frankton’s relatively meagre 112.
In the two other completed games last weekend, three-time defending champion Arrowtown and last year’s beaten finalist Kelvin Heights continued to pull away from the league’s six other teams.
Arrowtown, thanks to Hugh McChesney’s 75 and Mark Pullar’s 49, scored a formidable 162 for five wickets then bowled out Boydtown Chargers for only 82.
The Kelvin Heights Ducks had a similarly convincing win over Central Queenstown Pelicans.
Kelvin Heights scored 158 after 44 from Matt Spooner, 39 from Dipen Tandel and 36 from Liam Crowley.
The Pelicans made only 86 in reply, former White Fern Emma Campbell taking three wickets for 29 and John Cushen, who turns 64 this Saturday, taking two for 23.
The seventh and final round of the league runs this weekend before the semi-finals and finals the following weekend.
Organiser Maurice Fordham says there are places available in several teams for the final games.
DRAW (all at Events Centre): Friday 5.30pm QEC1: Kelvin Heights v Lake Hayes; QEC2: Wakatipu v Central Queenstown; Sunday 1pm QEC1: Boydtown v Frankton; QEC2: Arrowtown v Jack’s Point