Pink Stumps gets Illawarra support

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Pink will be the colour of choice for Wollongong cricketers in Saturday's first grade clash with Helensburgh, with the club backing the Glenn McGrath Foundation annual Pink Stumps Day.

Wollongong players will be fully kitted out in pink, from shirts, caps and pants to wicketkeeping pad covers to raise awareness for the foundation's battle against breast cancer.

"It's national Pink Stumps Day and we're really happy as a club to do our part," Wollongong club coach Brett Buckley said.

"Woonona Bulli RSL are sponsoring the club for the day for the next three years and thanks to their support we want to raise as much money as we can for the McGrath Foundation."

Buckley says his team are looking forward to going pink for the day-night one-dayer at North Dalton Park, which starts at 2.30pm.

"It's going to be a different look for the boys and hopefully we have a good day on and off the field."

The club hopes to raise $1500, with plenty of activities planned for the day.

Supporters can enjoy High Tea from 2pm for $35, and a canteen and bar will be open during the game.

Local businesses have chipped in with special raffles, and singer Jessica Allen will perform.

The match will feature some of Illawarra's best cricketers including Wollongong's NSW Country allrounder Andrew Hicks and Helensburgh all-rounder Steve Blissenden, who is averaging 33 with the bat and has taken 24 wickets this season.

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