Thanks for the wides, boys

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Arrowtown’s batting – plus a whopping 23 wides – has won it the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league cup. 

Arrowtown, champions for the second year running, fielded first in last Sunday’s final against Central Queenstown on the Events Centre’s main oval. 

“We thought we were dead and buried when they were 80 for one off eight overs,” Arrowtown captain Hayden Finch says. 

“The last eight overs, we clawed it back and we were pretty happy with [conceding] 155.” 

Central Queenstown captain Brad Patterson: “I thought 155 would be enough. We batted well, and sadly, Finch – one of our former players – smashed us.” 

Finch scored 69 not out and Drew Carmody 37 as Arrowtown hit the winning runs for the loss of only three wickets – helped by 23 wides. 

Arrowtown had more than an over to spare. 

“I was stoked to do it two years in a row for the team,” Finch says – in last year’s final he hit 35. 

“We got beaten by a better team,” Patterson says, though his side had hoped to win in memory of their rehydration specialist Glenn ‘Scooter’ Reid who died after battling cancer last December. Earlier on Sunday, Arrowtown cantered to a semi-final win over Frankton, despite getting only 125 runs batting first. 

Central Queenstown beat Wakatipu in the other semi, scoring 20 runs in the last two overs to win with a ball to spare. 

Fernhill/Sunshine Bay narrowly beat Jack’s Point in a play-off for fifth. 

Lake Hayes Estate claimed the competition’s new Wooden Spoon award after defaulting to a previously win-less Kelvin Heights.