Players pretty in pink

There was no missing Emerald Brothers cricketers when they tackled Rolleston at the Emerald Showgrounds in the final round of the regular season for Central Highlands senior cricket.
There was no missing Emerald Brothers cricketers when they tackled Rolleston at the Emerald Showgrounds in the final round of the regular season for Central Highlands senior cricket.

MUSKY red or aggressive salmon, call it what you want there was no denying there was a definite shade of pink at the Emerald Showgrounds at the weekend.

It may not be the colour most Central Highlands cricketers would associate with for their weekly Sunday hit-out but it was all for a good cause.

To wrap up the final game of the regular season, Emerald Brothers donned a lighter shade of pink in support of the McGrath Foundation when they faced up to Rolleston.

The bright theme formed part of Pink Stumps Day designed to raise funds and awareness for McGrath Breast Care Nurses nationally, catching a few players by surprise.

“It was something different that’s for sure,” Rolleston player Rick Jones said.

Not only did Brothers raise $570 through the auctioning of most of the pink cricket gear, they hoped to maintain some colour in their cricket games in the weeks ahead.

“Secretly I think a lot of them like wearing pink,” Brothers captain Brad Jenkinson joked. “We’re looking at keeping some of the pink theme going on a weekly basis.”

The added colour seems to work for Brothers on the scoreboard as well, bowling Rolleston out for 129 near the 46th over, some 28 runs short of the first innings score 157.

Tom Minter went to work early with the bat for Brothers nudging 43 runs though the field. Jim Whyte chipped in too with 28.

Cayle McDonald spearheaded Rolleston’s bowling figures, taking 4-17 from 10 overs, while Jones took 2-12 from seven and Harry Troskie 1-5.

Rolleston’s second innings appeared to be in healthy shape at 4-110 with the visitors on the charge.

However it wasn’t to be, losing their remaining six wickets within 20 runs.

“We probably should have won it, we lost a fair few wickets at the end,” Jones said.

“But it was a pretty hard wicket to play on and we had four of our main guys out.”

Rolleston batsman Beau Clarke made a welcome return to the crease after a spell of almost five years. Clarke knocked 25 runs with good support from Stuart Ogg on 34.

Leading from the front with the ball was Brothers bowler and captain Brad Jenkinson who took a reputable 3-18 from 10 overs and Chris O’Shea 3-31 from nine.

“We were lucky to get away with a win,” Jenkinson said.

“Our form was a bit scratchy and we have been reliant on some of the younger blokes for a while now.”

Last weekend’s game was make-or-break for both sides with season points neck and neck going into the final round.

Rolleston needed to win the Brothers match to have any chance on a points count-back.

They, like many of the senior teams throughout the Central Highlands, were reassured in the strength and ability of their juniors rising through the ranks, despite turning over close to 40 players throughout the season.

“In eight games we’ve had 36 players play for us,” Jones said.

“We’ve got a lot of young blokes coming through which is pleasing to see.”

Brothers now face Clermont at home in the start of the Central Highlands finals series.

Like many sports followers around the region, the cricket side will be looking to the sky and hoping the forecasted heavy rain doesn’t eventuate and further disrupt the season.

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