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Stumps go under hammer

Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands with the pink stumps that will be auctioned to support the work of the McGrath Foundation.
Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands with the pink stumps that will be auctioned to support the work of the McGrath Foundation. Craig Warhrust

THE pink stumps used in the inaugural Pink Stumps Day charity cricket match between the Gympie Devils Allstars and the Gympie cricket Allstars will be put up for auction.

Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands said the pink stumps were very special.

They are the first pink stumps ever used at Gympie Cricket and they were the stumps used when the highest-ever T20 score was posted at Albert Park, 192 by the Gympie Devils Allstars.

Rowlands said the three stumps and the bails would be up for grabs.

The association donated the other stumps to breast cancer survivor Rolly Wood and Gympie breast care nurse Sharon Shelford for their work at the charity cricket match.

Rowlands said the money raised by the sale of the stumps would be added to the more than $2000 raised on the night and go straight to the McGrath Foundation.

Rowlands said he was over the moon with the support from the Gympie cricket fraternity, noting that more than $600 was raised just in donations.

He said he was hoping one of the Devils players would like to buy the stumps, affirming that they would look good framed with a photograph of the record run-scoring winning team at the Devils clubhouse, or above somebody's bar.

"Or it would be a good set of stumps for a backyard cricket game," Rowlands suggested.

People who would like to make a bid on the stumps can ring Troy Rowlands on 0423 819 064 to register your bid.

Bidding will conclude Saturday, March 3, at noon and the winner will be presented the stumps at the Gympie Cricket Allstars, Gympie Off-road Gold XI T20 cricket match at Albert Park that night.

Also on the night, the $350 Gray Nicholas cricket bat donated by Sportspower and won Steve O'Brien, will be re-raffled after O'Brien donated the bat back to the cause.

The Gympie Gold will be out for revenge after the Allstars won the DJ Roly Shield last year.

Topics:  auction cricket fundraiser mcgrath foundation pink stumps

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