Pelicans’ super ring-in

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Not a bad ring-in – a Canadian representative helped Twenty/20 cricket side Central Queenstown to a win last Friday. 

Geoff Barnett (right), who lives in Blen­heim but also has a Canadian passport, was in the Wakatipu last week exploring business opportunities when the Central Queenstown Pelicans roped him into their side for their match against Lake Hayes Estate. 

Barnett, who has played 22 one-day internationals for Canada including a highest score of 77 against Bangladesh, chipped in with 10 runs for the Pelicans. 

Asked how his form was, Barnett says: “It’s hard to tell when you have been at a pub for several hours prior.” 

Barnett, who has also played four season for Central Districts, contributed to a Pelicans total of 138. Damian Petre top-scored with 44. Lake Hayes Estate fell 20 runs short in reply. 

In other matches, Wakatipu remain undefeated, posting 133 for eight with Steve Ridley racking up 39. Kelvin Heights ended up 100 for nine. 

Arrowtown scored 120 to beat Frankton by one run. 

Fernhill/Sunshine Bay were reeling at three wickets down for two runs when Sean Windle stepped up and hit a game-changing 92 – his team posted a whopping 171. Jack’s Point respon-ded with 133, Ants Webb top-scoring with 42. 

No matches are scheduled this weekend due to Waitangi Day on Monday.

THE LEADERBOARD

Arrowtown 4
Central Queenstown 4
Wakatipu 4
Frankton 2
Fernhill/Sunshine Bay 2
Jack’s Point 0
Kelvin Heights 0
Lake Hayes Estate 0