Jack’s Point cricketer Jase John almost singlehandedly upset Arrowtown in the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 League last Sunday at the Queenstown Events Centre.
Unaware he was closing on a century, the 38-year-old smashed 98 not out in his team’s tally of 153 then helped roll Arrowtown for 98 by taking three wickets and effecting a run-out.
An Australian who shifted to Queenstown in 1996, John explains his startling form by saying “the planets were in alignment” but modestly also pays credit to the rest of his team.
The result meant Arrowtown surrendered the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup for the second time this season.
Embarrassingly, Arrowtown were so confident of winning they left the trophy at home and had to go fetch it so they could present it to winning captain Stacy Coburn.
Arrowtown also didn’t help their cause by fielding only 10 players for their first 12 overs in the field, while their extra cover spent much of his time
decorating the boundary with two nights’ hard consumption.
In other results from the penultimate round, Central Queenstown beat Frankton, Wakatipu headed off Lake Hayes Estate and Fernhill/Sunshine Bay, who won last season’s inaugural competition, cleared ahead of the field by beating Kelvin Heights.
In the final round, Jack’s Point take on Lake Hayes Estate tomorrow and on Sunday from 1pm Central Queenstown play Wakatipu, Frankton meet Fernhill/Sunshine Bay and Arrowtown play Kelvin Heights.
If Central Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown all win their games, they’ll finish the seven-round competition level-pegging with Fernhill/Sunshine Bay.
Points after Round 6
Fernhill/Sunshine Bay 10
Central Queenstown 8
Jack’s Point 6
Kelvin Heights 2
Lake Hayes Estate 2