League players slay cricketers
THE Gympie Devils All-Stars are the inaugural Pink Stumps Day Twenty20 winners.
The Devils side was in amazing touch with the bat scoring 192 runs from their 20 overs in what is thought to be the highest T20 score ever posted at Albert Park.
In reply the Gympie Cricket All-stars were bundled out for just 86 as they went out swinging trying to chase down the record score.
The Devils got away to a flier with Nathan 'Nugget' Dell and Shaun Wilson combining for a 52 run stand.
Wilson top scored for the Devils with 37.
He was followed up with a swashbuckling stands of 35 by captain Mitch Hillcoat and Tim Wyvill.
Hillcoat's innings contained four sixes, all up the Devils cleared the boundary nine times earning a $90 donation to the McGrath Foundation from McIntosh Meats and giving the crowd plenty to cheer about.
Hillcoat said he was happy with his boys.
"I wasn't expecting such a big score they batted well and fielded well.
"We got a good start, Nugget and Shauny put on 50, that helped us.
"I don't think we dropped a catch in the field it was pretty good all round effort."
Hillcoat said the big score put a lot of pressure on the cricket All-stars.
"They had to come out and start hitting, but it didn't happen."
Both openers Craig "Boofhead" Warhurst and captain Leon Smith were caught out for ducks trying to hit Nugget out of the ground.
Scott Hughes top scored for the cricketers with 22 followed by Michael Walsh (21) and Tom Manthey (20).
Smith said the Devils gave the cricketers a cricket lesson.
"We copped a bit of flogging," Smith said.
"They taught us how to play cricket.
He said his charges dropped too many catches in the slippery conditions.
"We dropped a few early and the ones we dropped went on make runs."
He also said the cricketers were impatient with the bat.
"It was just a bit of silly batting from the start, we didn't take our time to settle in."
"But it was a good night with a good atmosphere and we raised some money for a good cause," he said.