T20 cricket season opens with three big thrillers

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By PHILIP CHANDLER

While the T20 World Cup’s hogging the headlines, Queenstown Cricket Club’s T20 league also featured thrilling action when the annual comp’s first round played out last Friday.

All three teams batting first had their scores run down with just a few balls to spare.

Kelvin Heights Ducks scored 148 for 7, Jeremy Morris making an unbeaten 73, but Barbarians hauled in that total with Matt Carter and Tom Henderson smacking 40s.

Boydtown Chargers made only 114 against defending champs Wakatipu Warlords, Albie O’Connell taking 3 for 20, but the latter only just squeaked home, Sukhdev Singh top-scoring with 40.

In a match between two new teams, Lake Hayes Estate Strikers, led by Hargun Singh’s 43, made an imposing 177 for 8, but Hanley’s Farm Rangers, with Pardeep Kumar and Hardik Patel both scoring 50s, chased that down with one ball to spare, despite Singh’s 3 for 23.

The comp’s seventh team, Arrowtown Massive, enjoyed a bye last week.

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