Centrals tickled pink ahead of final-round McGrath Foundation fundraiser against City

TICKLED PINK: Centrals' Ben Winslade and Daryl Kennewell are geared up for Saturday's final-round McGrath Foundation fundraiser. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
TICKLED PINK: Centrals' Ben Winslade and Daryl Kennewell are geared up for Saturday's final-round McGrath Foundation fundraiser. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

This weekend’s final regular season round is Centrals’ last chance to try and sneak into the Orange District Cricket Association finals series but, even with everything on the line, the red and blacks are finding a way to focus on a bigger picture as well.

For Daryl Kennewell and his troops, Saturday and Sunday’s final two-day game against competition leaders Orange City will double as a Pink Stumps Day to help raise funds for the McGrath Foundation, which helps to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia and increase breast health awareness.

“We were originally planning to do it against CYMS earlier in the year but it was washed out, and it’s such a good cause we definitely wanted to make sure we held the day at some stage. It’s the last round, it’ll be a good game, so there’s no better time really,” Centrals’ fearless leader said.

“We’d love to hit $1000, that’s the goal to begin with and if we manage to get over that, amazing.

“We’re doing a few little things to raise money during the game. It’ll be $1 for every boundary and we’re splitting that between the two clubs, our guys will donate individually and the Orange City guys will too.

“We’re also running a fines system within our team to give a little extra, just for dropped catches, ducks and things like that.

“It’ll be a good day, hopefully we can raise a bit of cash.

“Obviously it doesn’t have to be from donations during the day, people are encouraged to donate outside that as well.”

In terms of the cricket the fourth-placed Centrals need to trump the Warriors, who have the minor title and a spot in the grand final wrapped up, to even have a chance at sneaking into third.

We’d love to hit $1000, that’s the goal to begin with and if we manage to get over that, amazing.

Centrals skipper Daryl Kennewell

They’ll need Kinross to beat third-placed CYMS as well.

“It’s definitely not ideal, no,” Kennewell lamented.

“But we’ve got ourselves into this position, so we just need to try and make sure we finish with a win and hopefully things fall our way.

“We know that Kinross have more than enough ability to beat CYMS too.

ROCKS OR DIAMONDS: Matt Ripps can concede some runs, like any leg-spinner, but there's no doubting he's a wicket-taker. He'll need to be on the weekend against Orange City. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ROCKS OR DIAMONDS: Matt Ripps can concede some runs, like any leg-spinner, but there's no doubting he's a wicket-taker. He'll need to be on the weekend against Orange City. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

“They still have a sniff in terms of finals because they beat us last round so they still have a lot to play for, who knows, maybe us losing to them will give them enough motivation to get over CYMS.

“Obviously we’d still have to beat Orange City, but we’ve got the cattle to do that and we always back ourselves, no matter who we’re playing.

“We’ve got a strong side this weekend, it’s just a matter of getting of putting it on the paddock and doing what we can.”

Saturday’s first day at Country Club Oval kicks off at 1pm and Sunday’s second day starts at 11am.

To donate, you can head to https://pinkstumpsday2018.gofundraise.com.au/page/DarylKennewell or rock up and chip in at Country Club Oval on Saturday or Sunday.

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