Mid­dle Stumpers’ streak continues

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PETER SCALES

THE un­der 12 crick­eters played at Lords Re­serve on Satur­day morn­ing, in the Pink Stumps Day spec­tac­u­lar.

The stumps and creases were painted pink, the play­ers wore pink hats, pink cloth­ing, pink zinc cream and, in some cases, pink hair.

Mans­field Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, in com­bi­na­tion with De­latite Cricket Club, ran the Pink Stumps round of cricket as a fund-raiser for the McGrath Foun­da­tion, which raises money to sup­port breast cancer re­search and re­sourc­ing.

The Bushies bat­ted first on a beau­ti­fully turned out wicket.

Nick Scales bat­ted with pur­pose, t op- scor­ing with 12 runs.

Fel­low opener Zac Tan­ner failed to trou­ble the scor­ers, bowled by Max Scott.

Nathan Buchanan at first drop also bat­ted nicely, be­fore be­ing caught on the fence by Jai McKin­non off the bowl­ing of Colby Crox­ford-De­masi.

McKin­non and Crox­fordDe­masi t hen com­bined t o dis­miss Lachy Scales, this time Colby the catcher and Jai the bowler.

The Stumpers held their catches all day, with four in to­tal.

This, cou­pled with some great bowl­ing by Nick Wat­son (2/7) and Jar­rah Maloney (4/3), saw Judd Stower, Luke Ber­ri­man, Isaac Mur­ray, Alec Ritchie and Archie Retief strug­gle to bring the Bushies to­tal to just 55.

Spe­cial men­tion to Daniel Bro­dribb who fin­ished on six not out, in­clud­ing a nice four.

Maloney’s bowl­ing has im­proved out of sight.

These star­tling fig­ures fol­lowed his match-win­ning last over from the pre­vi­ous week, in which the Stumpers hung on in the last over of the day to win by two runs.

The other high­light from that round was a hat-trick by Max Scott.

The Stumpers’ run chase saw Scott’s form with the bat con­tinue.

He clubbed six fours in his tally of 32.

He was ably as­sisted by Lachy El­liot (ret 4), Fin­ley Pater­son (ret 5) and Archie Storer (6).

The Mid­dle Stumpers passed t he Bushies’ t otal com­fort­ably, with Crox­fordDe­masi, Lange and Ed­wards all not out at the end.

Pick of the Bushies’ bowlers was Bro­dribb with 2/3, his vic­tims be­ing the Stumpers’ open­ing bats­men Jake Berry and Nick Wat­son.

Next Satur­day’s penul­ti­mate game will see sev­eral play­ers away at the Rod Laver Arena tour, how­ever, they’ll be re­placed by the play­ers re­turn­ing from bas­ket­ball duty.

The grand fi­nal match will be played on Wed­nes­day, March 5, start­ing at 4pm.

At this stage the Mans­field Re­cre­ation Re­serve i s t he venue, but this may change to Lords sub­ject to its avail­abil­ity and weather.

This game will be fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue and pre­sen­ta­tions to mark the end of a very suc­cess­ful sea­son for the un­der 12s.

Also en­joy­ing great suc­cess are the MJCA un­der 17s, who are through to the grand fi­nal, and the un­der 15s who are into a semi fi­nal.

Best of luck.

PHOTO: Peter Hunt

FINE FORM: Archie Storer showed great style be­hind the stumps for the Mid­dle Stumpers in last weekend’s un­der 12 cricket match.

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