Pambula falls to batting attack as Knights go pink

Eye on the ball: A Pambula batsman dips low to meet a shot against the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday, but the Sea Eagles stole the show.

Eye on the ball: A Pambula batsman dips low to meet a shot against the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday, but the Sea Eagles stole the show.

The Pambula Bluedogs went down to the Tathra Sea Eagles on Saturday after setting a target of 157 runs. 

However, the Sea Eagles held nothing back to knock over the target, largely thanks to Craig Nicholson’s batting display of 107 runs. 

The Merimbula Knights will be tickled pink for the McGrath Foundation on Saturday.

The Bluedogs were unwavering at the crease, attacking the ball despite strong pressure from the Tathra bowlers. 

Opener Josh Hammond was returned to sheds for a single early on, but older brother Tom began building the run chase with a well-compiled stint of 41 runs. 

Tom Keath added a valuable 17 before a couple of cheap wickets had the locals on the back foot. 

Corey Sheppard was getting things back on track with 38 not-out, but he was steadily running out of batting partners.

Jay Richmond hit 23 before the tail-end fell over cheaply with the Bluedogs holding out for the full 40 innings to finish on 9/157. 

The reply from the Sea Eagles was swift with opener Craig Nicholson almost singularly chasing down the required total. 

He belted 107 runs not-out as the Sea Eagles ran down the target in just 17 overs.

Fellow opener Chris Dwyer scored 31 runs before he was caught out, but the Sea Eagles had already rounded 110 runs. 

A quick addition of 11 runs from Pete Bennett saw the Sea Eagles cross the line comfortably just 1/160. 

Corey Shepherd was the sole bowler for the Bluedogs to pick up a wicket on the day. 

The result solidifies Tathra’s hold at the top of the ladder, while the Bluedogs are now teetering at the edge of the top four. 

Merimbula had a bye round over the weekend after Tathra’s second side withdrew from the competition. 

Organisers have filed a bye round for the scheduled opponents in the final five rounds. 

However, the Knights will be back in force for an intra-club Pink Stumps Day this weekend. 

“We’re turning the pitch pink, hosting a fun day of cricket and raising funds to help make life a little bit easier for families affected by breast cancer,” a spokesman said.

The money will help the McGrath Foundation place Breast Care Nurses around the country  

The club is eager to up their donation on last year’s efforts and are encouraging everyone to throw on some pink and get behind the day. 

Play will be at Berrambool Oval from 1pm on Saturday. 

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