Kelly seventh

Mike Kelly, Queenstown’s only entrant in last week’s two-day multisport Lake to Lighthouse Challenge in Hawkes Bay, was happy with his seventh placing out of 25 individual male open competitors.

The 32-year-old finished several running, cycling and kayaking legs in 14hr 50min 16sec.

Former Queenstowner Richard Ussher defended his title in 12.55:32sec – while the women’s open winner was Ussher’s wife Elina, who finished five minutes ahead of Kelly.

Walk then run

First class cricket now, internationals later – that’s the hope of Lakes Leisure events boss Karen Gemmell after Queenstown hosted a three-dayer between Pakistan and a New Zealand Invitational 11 last week.

“We’re not yet a test venue for New Zealand Cricket but they have started using us for these three- or four-dayers.

That’s really good to build our long-term relationship with them to hopefully one day be considered for an international,” she says.

The Events Centre at Frankton hosted a four-dayer between NZ A and England A in March.

Cricketers’ first loss

The previously undefeated Queenstown men’s senior cricket team pulled up 57 runs short of Alexandra’s 232 to lose their first home game last Saturday – but still head the Koford Cup competition after four rounds.

For Queenstown, Sean McKone took 4-42. Cam Fawknor blasted two enormous sixes from the Events Centre’s number two ground onto State Highway 6 during his 39.

Queenstown play Cromwell at home this Saturday.