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Inspiring: English coach Lisa Keightley, second left, and batter Danny Wyatt, right, with local cricketers, from left, Evie Clark, 9, Liv Fairmaid, 10, and Zara Small, 12

By PHILIP CHANDLER

Queenstown Events Centre’s this week hosting major local, national and even international cricket.

Queenstown Cricket Club’s annual T20 competition climaxes tomorrow with defending champs Wakatipu Warlords and Arrowtown Massive contesting the final at 5.30pm.

In last Friday’s semis, Wakatipu beat Boydtown Chargers and Arrowtown upset top-of-the-table Kelvin Heights Ducks.

Comp organiser/club coach Emma Campbell says Wakatipu are big favourites tomorrow —
‘‘they’ve been pretty consistent the whole way through’’ — but underdogs Arrowtown have
started hitting their straps and can’t be discounted.

‘‘We’re in for a good game,’’ she says.

The competition’s leading run-scorer, by far, is Wakatipu’s Amrit Gossal, followed by Arrowtown’s Gabe White.

Meanwhile, the Otago Volts men’s side plays Canterbury Kings tomorrow and Sunday in Ford Trophy 50-over games, starting at 11am.

Canterbury sit second on the competition ladder and Otago are third.

As for the international element, the English women’s team’s been training at the Events Centre for their up coming series against the White Ferns.

They also played warm-up games against a New Zealand selection side on Sunday and Tuesday.

Last Saturday, five members of the English side plus their coach, renowned former Aussie player Lisa Keightley, took about 35 locals girls for a skills session.

This season’s seen a lot of growth in girls’ programmes, Campbell says.

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