Two Twenty/20 league cricket players each helped a rival side win in the Wakatipu last Sunday plus their own team.
Central Queenstown captain Brad Patterson belted 44 for his team in their win over Fernhill/Sunshine Bay, but not before hammering an important 37 for Wakatipu in their close tussle with Jack’s Point.
“It’s about teams not being left short,” Patterson explains.
Patterson says he also has an affiliation with Wakatipu because it’s linked to the Wakatipu Rugby Club, where he’s a stalwart.
Ironically, he replaced Wakatipu’s similar-named Brad Paterson.
Meanwhile, Wakatipu’s Steve Ridley – after helping his side to their last-ball win over Jack’s Point – returned the favour as a last-minute ring-in for Central Queenstown.
However, after complaints, Queenstown Cricket Club has ruled no player can play for a team other the one they start the season with.
Player moonlighting isn’t within the spirit of the competition or the spirit of cricket, a club committee statement says.
In other games in the Mountain Scene-sponsored competition last Sunday, Frankton surpassed Kelvin Heights’ 99 runs in their last over, while unbeaten Arrowtown – bolstered by 87 from Daniel Eyles – scored a 94-run
victory over Lake Hayes Estate.
SIXTH ROUND DRAW (All at Queenstown Events Centre): Friday 5.30pm – QEC1: Fernhill/Sunshine Bay v Wakatipu; Sunday 1pm – Main Oval: Arrowtown v Central Queenstown; QEC1: Jack’s Point v Kelvin Heights; QEC2: Frankton v Lake Hayes Estate