Merimbula Knights embrace Pink Stumps Day

Brendan Daley swings through the ball to send one flying for the fence during the Knights' Pink Stumps Day on Saturday.

Brendan Daley swings through the ball to send one flying for the fence during the Knights' Pink Stumps Day on Saturday.

The Merimbula Knights played an intraclub showdown with a twist on Saturday. 

The Knights one side faced off against the Knights two team in the regular draw, but the match also served as a Pink Stumps fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation. 

A spokesman for the club said there was a solid turnout despite the extreme predicted weather and was delighted to announce more than $600 had been raised to help rollout Breast Care Nurses across the country. 

Going in to bat first, the Knights one roster proved hard to peel off, proverbially sitting glued to the crease with a stoic batting effort. 

Opener Brendan Daley was in his usual form, hitting a good knock of 52 before he was run out.

The twos were doing a remarkable job in the field, denying plenty of shots, while the bowling attack of Angus Tarpey and Zac Wells held the batsmen quiet for a time.

However, the ones found a few cracks in the armour and started to take advantage, steadily driving to the boundary ensuring a good run rate.  

With the dismissal of Daley and Rod Rowland, the ones sent out Matt Heafield to the crease, who had an unbeaten haul of 79 runs not-out. 

The good scoring came in partnership with Matt Lawson, who also boasted the impressive figures of 59 runs before he was caught by Tom Kellar. 

The addition of 16 runs from Ash Postance saw the Ones wrapping up their innings at 3/256. 

Wells had led the bowling attack, securing two wickets for the Twos as the side headed out to bat. 

The twos got off to a strong start with the ball, but unfortunately could not maintain the run rate to chase down the score set by their sister team. 

Matt Sims slugged a quick dozen, but was caught by James Heafield to return to the sheds. 

Fellow opener Tarpey fared better at the crease, building to 58 runs not-out in a team-best showing. 

Tom Kellar batted at three and made a good run at it, hitting 21 before he was caught out. 

It was a middle-order collapse that hindered the two side’s hunt for the runs, with three wickets falling over cheaply. 

Ross Kellar knocked 23 at the lower end of the order to salvage some of the chase, but the twos just ran out of overs as they finished up on 6/138. 

Matt Priem and Lawson led the bowling attack for the Ones, securing two wickets apiece on Saturday. 

Officials said the weather was milder than expected. 

A misty sea fog rolled over the ground with a cool breeze in strange circumstances that were bordering on hot, while also threatening rain. 

The spokesman said it was a great feeling to enjoy sport, while helping raise much-needed funds for the McGrath Foundation. 

“We’re pretty happy with the result and want to thank the Bowlo and the Sims family for donating as well as everyone who supported the day,” the spokesman said.