John’s hot streak

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Startling bowling figures from a veteran former first-class cricketer highlighted the fourth round of the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 league. 

Kelvin Heights’ John Cushen – a former Otago and Auckland rep – took five wickets for four runs off 2.5 overs. 

His haul – all bowled out – helped roll Jack’s Point for 83. They were 61-year-old Cushen’s best figures since 1965. 

Kelvin Heights scrambled past Jack’s Point’s total to inflict their first loss of the season and claim the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup. Fernhill/Sunshine Bay remain the only unbeaten team after a 48-run win over Frankton – Jarred Andrew contributed 58 to their 153 for 3. 

Defending champions Central Queenstown conceded their third game in a row, losing a wicket off the last ball to finish an agonising one run shy of Arrowtown’s 99. 

Wakatipu and Lake Hayes Estate also had a nail-biting finish to their game last Sunday. 

Lake Hayes Estate’s Cory Pain hit a six to overtake Wakatipu’s 107 with one ball to spare.