The Queenstown Central Pelicans have started the season with an epic victory over the Jacks Point Angry Dragons on the Main Oval at the Queenstown Events Centre.
With the rain clouds circling around for the entire game the Pelicans showed their wet weather skills to record a 53 run victory. The victory marks the first succesful defence of the Ian Patterson Challenge Trophy.
The new kids on the block (JPAD) showed admirable enthusiasm and considerable energy in the pre-game warm-ups, while the veteran Pelicans watched on with sponsors product in hand.
The Angry Dragons were superb in the fielding drills, displaying sensational catching, running and throwing skills. Rumour has it they even had a net during the week in preparation for the trophy challenge!
Jacks Point won the toss and despite the foreboding overhead conditions they bravely decided to put the Pelicans into bat. After the dangerous and powerful ‘all ginger’ opening pair were broken up the top order fired for the Pelicans to be 81 for 1 after 8 overs.
Fraser in particular producing some of the biggest hits since the Tone Loc busted out The Funky called Medina.
Unfortunately the Dragons may have pushed their chips out too early in the warm-ups as they struggled to take the many chances that came their way.
Fraser and Dippers both batted with aggression and class while ‘9 slips’ and Dzin moosed the ball to all parts to see the Pelicans through to a competitive 159.
The Pelicans fielders took the field in light rain, but their webbed feet enabled them to bowl and field like it was dryer than a Pommies bath towel.
The Pelican version of the haka, the now traditional ‘full set of slips’ were deployed in the usual custom. Gadget, JPAD’s opening bat, honourably cut the first ball to 9th slip at waist height. Dangerous Dan got half a mitt on it but couldn’t stop a boundary.
To cut the first ball of the game at a fully packed slips cordon is the ultimate compliment and Gadget has now entered Pelicans folklore.
The rain continued to fall and it made life tough for both teams to play the textbook cricket they are renowned for.
The clawed feet of the Angry Dragons didn’t provide much grip on the greasy surface and they battled the conditions as much as the fine bowling and fielding of the opposition.
The fading light, steady stream of wickets and superior traction of the webbed feet in the field eventually took its toll and the Dragons bowed out gracefully in the last over.
Both teams ran from the field and reconvened in the bar for the inaugural IPC Trophy presentation.
Brad BaaBaas McCloud took out the Man of The Match award and is now the happy holder of the MOTM pize, the framed photo of a minging ginger step kid.
The Pelicans, being a social animal, kicked onto the Jail House for a fines session, crossed a raging Horne Creek in the traditional manner and finished the evening with a meal & AGM at Sombreros.
Damain ‘Chocolate Starfish Foundation’ Petre retains the Orange cap for most runs and Dzin ‘Rocking Rod Latham’ Alekzander retains the Purple bowling cap.
The seasons bowling, batting and fielding stats are being collated and will be published shortly. (they are pretty brief, in fact a shorter read than ‘The Political Legacy of George W Bush)
Until next week…
Remember, the only bird that can weld is the Louisana Brown Pelican.