Twenty/20 sledging begins

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Player transfers are livening up pre-season banter over the annual Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket competition starting tomorrow. 

Some of the ribbing stems from the Central Queenstown Pelicans signing Fernhill/Sunshine Bay Goats regular Regan Pearce (right). 

“The Goats just started getting a bit serious for my liking,” Pearce says. 

“I’m very competitive and hate losing but it’s all about having fun as well.” 

In response, the Goats’ Sean Windle says Pearce is “full of s…t”. 

“He’s the serious one – he’s trying to go to a team that he reckons might go all the way.” 

Windle, who’s also lost fellow club cricketer Jarred Andrew to Arrowtown, says they’re “far from serious – we’re not going to be able to afford to be this year, it’s going to be a bit more about the fun”. 

Arrowtown captain Hayden Finch, whose team are two-time defending champions, says “everybody’s really fired up this year so it should be a great competition”. 

The Kelvin Heights Ducks have also been active pre-season recruiters, picking up Otago Country player Eric Standfield among others. 

“I think we need to be a bit more competitive,” veteran Ducks captain John Cushen says. 

FIRST ROUND DRAW (all at Queenstown Events Centre): Friday 5.30pm – QEC 1: Central Queenstown v Lake Hayes Estate; QEC 2: Kelvin Heights v Wakatipu; Sunday 1pm – QEC 1: Jack’s Point v Fernhill/Sunshine Bay; QEC 2: Arrowtown v Frankton