The defending champions of the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league have retained the Sheehy Cup.
A six-wicket haul and inspired fielding helped the Central Queenstown Pelicans hand the Fernhill/Sunshine Bay Goats a pasting in the final last Sunday.
Batting first, the Goats were skittled for 65. Dzin Alekzander, swinging the ball both ways, took six wickets for 11 runs from four overs. He was complemented by fielders pulling off some stunning catches. The Pelicans knocked off the winning runs in the 11th over for the loss of only one wicket. They retain the Sheehy Cup which they also won last season.
Pelicans’ spokesman Brad Patterson says his side was as stunned as the Goats by the Goats’ low score.
“We’d have been happy with 100 [from the Goats] – and normally we drop four catches a game.”
Organiser Ian Paterson, who umpired from both ends, says what stood out was the Pelicans’ “very good team spirit”.
“That’s obvious with all their extracurricular activities, and they’ve basically had the same team for the whole three years.”
Paterson also notes the standard of cricket in the eight-team competition has lifted markedly during the past three seasons.
“At the start there were games with high scores and some really wide margins – certainly this year the competition’s been a lot closer.”