The Fernhill/Sunshine Bay cricket side had an unlikely hero to thank for their Mountain Scene Twenty/20 League win over Central Queenstown last Sunday.
Fernhill No 11 bat Nathan Wise, who’d not batted in the first four rounds and who scored a golden duck on debut last season, was promoted to opener and blasted his side’s top score of 34, which included a six and five fours.
“I didn’t even take a helmet, I was like, I’m only going to be there for a little while.
“They bowled one bouncer then I smacked [Brenden Winder] for six next ball. I wasn’t taking singles because I’ve got bad knees.
“It was good fun, my guys couldn’t believe it – they just couldn’t bowl me out.”
Wise, 28, who shifted here from Australia five years ago, also took a smart catch in the outfield right in front of the opposition players and 20-30 spectators.
“You can imagine all those boys after a couple of beers giving me heaps as the ball was coming down towards me.”
After last weekend’s other games, Arrowtown and Frankton join Fernhill/Sunshine Bay at the top of the table – Arrowtown reclaimed the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup by beating Wakatipu and Frankton accounted for Jack’s Point.
Lake Hayes Estate had its first win of the competition, defeating Kelvin Heights.
At the Events Centre tomorrow at 5.30pm, Jack’s Point will play Lake Hayes Estate. From 1pm on Sunday, Central Queenstown take on Wakatipu, Arrowtown play Kelvin Heights and Frankton face Fernhill/Sunshine Bay.
Points after Round 5
Fernhill/Sunshine Bay 8
Central Queenstown 6
Jack’s Point 4
Kelvin Heights 2
Lake Hayes Estate 2