Cockatoos fly high for Pink Stumps Day

Striking: The Eden and Kameruka teams clad in pink are ready to take the pitch during the Pink Stumps Day at Lord's View Oval on Saturday.
Striking: The Eden and Kameruka teams clad in pink are ready to take the pitch during the Pink Stumps Day at Lord's View Oval on Saturday.

The Kameruka Pink Cockatoos ladies team has broken the hoodoo against Eden. 

In the third year of the Pink Stumps special charity T20 on Saturday, the Kameruka contingent broke Eden’s two-year dominance of the fixture by just a solitary run. 

Kameruka wicket keeper Nikki Perry thanked coach Simon for his efforts to get the team match-ready. 

“We worked really well as a team and took on board the tips that Simon had given us at training on doing the little things right,” she said. 

Eden had won the toss and went out to field first in sweltering conditions that were only expected to worsen later in the day. 

The Eden attack claimed a few handy wickets early, but as confidence built the Kameruka outfit began working into a solid innings. 

“Jasmine Lefel and Jenny Sheedy were standouts in the batting,” Perry said as the team built to 96. 

Sharon Spink was solid at keeper for the Eden outfit, while Nicole Crowe and Mel Mitchell were handy with the ball as the Eden squad rotated through the bowling. 

With a target set, the Eden contingent moved in to bat and were steadily tracking down the target. 

But coach Simon moved Perry out of wicket keeper and into the bowling attack, while Andrew shifted behind the stumps to slow the run rate. 

Kim Flint and Tyler Crowe had been exceptional with the bat for Eden as they got the team within reach of the target. 

For Kameruka, Sophie Martin was a standout with the ball, taking four wickets for the hosts. 

Kylie McDonald and Perry combined to bowl out the last handful of overs with Perry bowling the final over. 

Eden was chasing just three runs for the result, but couldn’t find the figures as the Pink Cockatoos held on for the single-run victory. 

In the following second division game, Kameruka kept the momentum, dropping just two wickets in a win over Tathra. 

Despite the result, the Black Cockatoos will miss the chance to play on, falling short of a finals berth with the semis to run this weekend. 

Pink Stumps organiser Joe Weller said it was a fantastic day despite the heat.

He said it was a fantastic effort for the Kameruka side to hold on until the end against some strong opposition by the Eden contingent. 

Mr Weller said it was fantastic to see continued support for the charity round and thanked everyone who made a donation or bought raffle tickets. 

The proceeds of the day will go to the McGrath Foundation to support breast cancer research. 

Wolumla will face Tuross Head at Wolumla on Saturday from 1pm.  The second semi-final will see the Eden/Mallacoota combine host Bega/Angledale at the Eden Cricket Ground.