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February 09, 2018

Hugh Conway, with Matt Barclay, holds the pink stumps that will be used in Saturday's clash between Shepparton United and Mooroopna.

Tomorrow might be a special day for Shepparton United Cricket Club, but that does not mean Mooroopna won’t head to John Riordan Oval looking for blood.

With the club’s annual Ladies Day, the ground will have a tinge of pink with United paying tribute to its women, with money to be raised to support the McGrath Foundation.

But on the field, there will be no charity from Mooroopna.

The Cats are locked in a fierce battle for sixth spot on the Haisman Shield ladder and the last spot in the finals, and despite sealing the first-innings win last weekend, have every incentive to do more damage.

United was ripped apart last week, bowled out for 57 with the Cats racing to 4-96 at stumps.

The message from Mooroopna’s captain Paul Marshall was simple — attack.

‘‘Obviously we’ve got six points in the bag, so we need to work out quickly what our focus is going to be (tomorrow),’’ he said.

‘‘With the way the ladder is, percentage is going to be particularly important, so the boys are up and about; this isn’t a dead rubber and we’re coming out all guns blazing.

‘‘If we’re going to go for the outright, we’ll have to go out there and be quite aggressive early. We’ll try and lift the run-rate and see how we go — it’s definitely Twenty20 mode.’’

Mooroopna sits outside the top six, level on points with Tatura, but behind on percentage.

With Tatura in a strong position to take the points against Karramomus, the Cats’ opportunity to take an outright win or boost their percentage is golden.

‘‘Every game we play we’re out there to win and (tomorrow) will be no different,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘With whatever we do, batting or bowling, percentage points are hugely important and we need as many runs or wickets as possible. We’re not thinking about Tatura at all, just focusing on what is in front of us.’’

For United, sitting ninth on the ladder and out of finals contention, there os little to play for except putting on a show to honour its women.

United committee member Matt Barclay was pleased the club could get behind the McGrath Foundation.

‘‘Every year we have Ladies Day at the club, and it’s for all the mums and wives and sisters of everyone at the club,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a day for them to relax with a few drinks and there’s always beauty and hair people out there looking after them.

‘‘This year we decided to incorporate a McGrath Foundation pink stumps element to the day to encourage everyone to get together and raise money for breast cancer.

‘‘We have guest speakers, with a cancer survivor and a breast cancer nurse coming along as well as live music.

‘‘It’s local businesses donating their time to help the club donate as much we can to the McGrath Foundation; we’re very appreciative of that.’’

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