Firefighters end losing streak

Chief fire officer Terry O'Connell, wearing a white cap, and the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade cricket team discuss tactics before the game begins on Saturday.
Chief fire officer Terry O'Connell, wearing a white cap, and the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade cricket team discuss tactics before the game begins on Saturday.
The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade took home the trophy after comfortably securing its first cricket win over Queenstown Police in six years on Saturday.

Camaraderie and banter between the services was the order of the day, but the firefighters looked hungry for victory from the off, with ruthless bowling cutting a swathe through the thin blue line of batsmen.

The force was strong with Constable Dave Falstead, but even he was sent back to the bench before too long.

A dozen or so supporters watched intently from the sidelines in perfect weather conditions on the Queenstown Recreation Ground while the game continued at a gentlemanly pace, pausing only for the ingenious distribution of cold beer to thirsty players by quad bike.

Constables Craig Gibson (left) and Dave Falstead step out to bat. Photos by James Beech.
Constables Craig Gibson (left) and Dave Falstead step out to bat. Photos by James Beech.
The police were dismissed for 81 while the brigade chased down the target for the loss of four wickets with five overs to spare.

The prize for best catch was awarded to chief fire officer Terry O'Connell. The booby prize for outstanding dive nowhere near the ball went to qualified firefighter Richard Preston.

A postmatch barbecue was held at the nearby fire station.