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