Pelicans on for Twenty/20 three-peat

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Cricket’s mighty Pelicans are ready to defend their Mountain Scene Twenty/20 title. Team mascot The Pelican lays down the challenge to opponents for 2011

The Pelican is back to help with his team’s third defence of its Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket title. 

Not to mention a spot of concrete eating and, of course, the Spoofing Champs. But I digress. 

My team of paper-pushing office wallies mixed with a few good men who actually work for a living managed to defend their inaugural 2009 title win in a thrilling game against Fernhill last season – the standard features of the 2010 final being a lazy six wickets for 11 runs from Dzin ‘Doully’ Alekzander and a five-star piece of catering from manager-extraordinaire Glenn ‘Scooter’ Reid. 

This season shapes as a pivotal one in the future of the game locally. With recent scandals involving the touring Pakistan team and a dramatic form slump from the Black Caps, the local kids don’t have cricketing heroes anymore. 

Luckily a few chaps in the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 competition have put their hand up over recent seasons and – credit where it’s due – here is who I think you should watch out for: 

Aidan ‘Goonie’ Winter (Arrowtown Massive) – Last season he took a catch so good, both teams squealed like EMO kids at a Justin Bieber concert. 

Hayden Cosgrove (Fernhill Goats) – Easily the longest run-up in the comp.

This year he has promised me he will bowl as fast as he runs in. 

John Cushen (Queenstown Resort College) – The veteran of the comp with a black belt in sledging. He has been taking his team through a series of intense catching drills, but only off his own bowling. 

Wade Cornelius (The Pelicans) – Comes with a CV that includes some vaguely familiar team names from elsewhere in the South Island. Also sports the biggest thighs in the universe. 

Finally, The Pelican Brief is also not to be missed. It gets published each week with a summary of the key events of game day, and occasionally even includes some references to cricket. 

If you want to follow the drama, excitement and occasional legal complications, you can do so on the Twenty/20 link at www.scene.co.nz.