The unfancied Wakatipu Warlords had an upset win in the Mountain Scene Twenty/20 cricket league thanks to their ‘fiery gingas’ last Friday.
Batting first against the Kelvin Heights Ducks, last year’s beaten finalists, Warlords amassed 163 including 84 runs from veteran Steve ‘Riddles’ Ridley.
In reply, the Ducks were bowled out for 101. Brad Paterson, who had scored 28 earlier, took four for 11 off four overs.
Warlords’ captain Brad Robertson, who took three wickets himself, says “we finally clicked – we’ve had some close ones but for some reason kept losing those”.
Robertson says opener Ridley, who normally bats down the order, found good support from teammates.
The Warlords’ opening bowlers then tied down the Ducks, who never got going.
In Friday’s other sixth-round games at the Events Centre, Frankton beat the four-time defending champions Arrowtown.
Arrowtown amassed a handy 153, including 15 wides, but Frankton opener Jack Gilbert smashed Arrowtown’s bowlers all over the park, scoring 71 in an opening stand of 108.
Jack’s Point, meanwhile, now tops the table with six points after beating the Central Queenstown Pelicans in a thriller, overcoming their 155 for nine with five balls and three wickets to spare.
Jack’s Point’s Andrew Ross top-scored with 56 but Darren Paki Paki swung the game with a quick-fire 28.
Draw (all at 5.30pm, tomorrow): Wakatipu v Frankton, Queenstown Events Centre main oval; Arrowtown v Kelvin Heights, QEC1; Jack’s Point v Boydtown, QEC2