For the first time, Queenstown Bowling Club opened its season last Saturday with a ‘Battle of the Basin’ derby against Arrowtown.

Each club fielded six teams of four, with Arrowtown prevailing 50 ends to 46.

Pictured afterwards are Arrowtown Bowling Club co-club captain, Peter Dunne, left, and his Queenstown counterpart, Lindsay Thomas.

Thomas says he was pleased about 40 Queenstown players turned out for opening day.

Dunne, meanwhile, is delighted ‘‘a few new good players’’ have joined his club, including former Southland reps Liz and Trevor Tomlins.