New cricket champs crowned


Queenstown’s got a new Twenty/20 cricket champion - the first in six years.

Arrowtown Massive have won five titles on the trot, but they were knocked out in the semis of this year’s Mountain Scene-sponsored competition.

Sunday’s final between new champs Frankton Jets and the Boydtown Chargers went down to the wire, with the winning runs being hit in the penultimate over.

Frankton won the toss and bowled on Queenstown Events Centre’s main oval.

Boydtown were 66 without loss after eight overs - thanks to Brett Anderson’s 33 and 31 from Sam Paardekooper.

Then the collapse began. Boydtown lost constant wickets, thanks to the patient bowling of Dean Jamieson, who finished with four for 25.

They reached 125 all out. Tight lines from Boydtown bowlers Brett Anderson and Dan Eyles gave them a sniff.

But a heroic innings from Jack Gilbert was the match-winner.

He finished 64 not out and got his side home in the 19th over.

Frankton took the trophy but Boydtown picked up the other prizes. They retained the Ian Paterson Challenge Cup and Dan Eyles and Paul Connelly were the tournament’s highest runs-scorer and highest wicket-taker, respectively.

Frankton beat defending champs Arrowtown in Friday night’s semi, with Cam Fawkner starring with a great knock of 90 not out.

Boydtown downed the Wakatipu Warlords in their semi. They managed to rack up 145 on the back of 48 patient runs from Henry Burns.

Early wickets and great bowling lines put pressure on Wakatipu, who folded for 83.

Meanwhile, in Saturday 40-over senior club cricket, Queenstown Ballarat lost to Albion. They posted 145, thanks to 64 from Dan Edwards. Albion reached the target with six wickets in hand.

In senior reserve grade, Queenstown Zephyr crushed Blacks Hill by a massive 304 runs.

Big innings from Nikunj Vithalani (115 not out), Amrit Gossal (91) Gabe White (63) propelled Queenstown to 351 runs in their 40 overs. Their opponents were then bundled out for 47.