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Heat has date of Stanhope’s pink stumps day changed

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January 26, 2018

Stanhope captain Michael Code in action.

Stanhope has changed the date of its Pink Stumps Day in preparation for yet another scorcher.

As 40°C is the forecast limit at which all Goulburn Murray Cricket is called off, organisers decided to change its event from its original scheduled date tomorrow.

Instead, February 17 will be the rescheduled day it will be hosted as it coincides with the Lions’ next home game.

The day will support the McGrath Foundation as players don pink hats and the stumps also turn the same colour for the event.

Stanhope hosted a pink ribbon day a few years ago and following its success decided to have another one this year.

With forecasts teetering on the limit as the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted 39°C in Kyabram, the Lions could still face Echuca South tomorrow.

If Lions players walk onto the field, they will fancy themselves as a strong chance of claiming just their third win of the season.

With games converted to one-day matches following last week’s heat out, Stanhope’s previous form against South has it well ahead.

In their earlier one-day contest, the Lions kept Echuca South to just 86, reaching the total in 24 overs.

But with Stanhope captain Micheal Coad as well as Alex Heaton the only players to have brought up half-centuries this season, more batsmen will be looking at the match as an opportunity to bring up a big score.

Tongala takes on the best in the competition as it travels to do battle with Rochester United.

The Blues were dismissed far too cheaply in their first match against the top side and will be looking to make amends, having greatly improved since then.

The remaining three games are crucial for Tongala as it pushes for a finals appearance,

While the Blues continue to sit behind fourth-placed Cooma, they are just a game away from contention.

Echuca could help out Tongala by defeating Cooma, with Shaun Hon’s side more than capable of the upset.

Moama will be keen to keep second spot on the ladder with Kyabram Fire Brigade and Cooma nipping at its heels.

Bamawm-Lockington United will host Moama with BLU’s aim to post another competitive total against solid opposition.

With the Flames’ eyes also on second position, it is crucial they make a match against Rochester Tigers count, although Jake Wright’s side will not fall down lightly.

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