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Cane Toads fall short of silverware

In the grand scheme of things the annual Snap Fitness Flagstone Last Man Stands T10 tournament played last Sunday at Glenlogan Park in Jimboomba was a success, with almost $2000 raised for the Black Dog Institute. For the moment, at least, it also doubles as the closest the Cane Toads have come to claiming silverware for the fledging cricket association.

With a cause that affects so many Australians, the tournament saw many of the Yarrabilba Cane Toads Division one side who play on Saturday’s in the Logan District Cricket Association (LDCA) competition make themselves available for a rare Sunday outing with the day usually the only one of the week for the players to recover.

The influx of players allowed the Yarrabilba Cricket Association to enter two teams into the Last Man Stands Beaudesert annual tournament, with the Yarrabilba Cane Toads and the Yarrabilba Outlaws joining ten other teams in the tournament in the efforts to raise funds and awareness of the work that the Black Dog Institute does for the cause… and the silverware on offer was an added incentive.

Split into groups of three for quick-fire, good spirited T10-Last Man Stands matches, focus for all teams were to try and finish top of the table to qualify for the T10 Cup stage, the back up prize being the T10 Plate which was on offer for teams who finished second in their groups – those who didn’t finish top two were eliminated.

The Outlaws Group Stage

The Outlaws v Jimby Crickets
The Yarrabilba Outlaws opened their account against Jimby Crickets, of whom are competition heavyweights in the regular LMS Division 2 competition played on Sundays. The two sides in a tough battle throughout with Jimby Crickets posting a highly respected 75 without loss from their 10 overs. Colin Ginn retired on 33 while Ben Casey reached 25 from 23 deliveries.

The Outlaws looked in control with Mitchell Le Prou blasting 30 from 17 with fellow opener Matt Bailey reaching 28 from 21 before two quick wickets brought the Jimby Crickets back into the game. Father and son combo Ricky Mcavoy and Hayden McAvoy both finishing unbeaten on seven to see The Outlaws home.

The Outlaws v Beauy Bucheurs
In their second group game The Outlaws batted first, however flipped their batting order seem for many it was their first time playing Last Man Stands cricket. Simeon Roberts carried his bat as he scored an unbeaten 26 from 21.

Skipper Nick Feros scored a run a ball four before he was caught short of his crease, before club President Brendon McCoy – the only regular LMS player among the squad – did a lot of nothing with the bat being the only playing scoring under a strike rate of 200 (45.45) as he struggled to five from 11 before throwing his wicket away to get a new batsmen at the crease.

Big hitter Hayden McAvoy was out for three before Matt Bailey scored 14 from nine as The Outlaws limped to 64 for five.

Some tough chances went begging for The Outlaws as Max Harkin and Daniel Lake rode their luck and took all possible opportunities for runs as the Beauy Bucheurs set about chasing down the below-par score posted by the Outlaws.

Harkin the only wicket to fall caught by Hayden McAvoy off AJ Baker for 18 from 13 – Sammy Matthews (21 from 15*) joined Daniel Lake (25 from 20*) to guide the Beauy Bucheurs home and hand The Outlaws a heavy loss.

The Cane Toads Group Stage
Cane Toads v Broke Bat Mountain
The Yarrabilba Cane Toads looked to have ended their chances of progression early after Broke Bat Mountain batted first and posted a massive 132 for 3.

A clinical batting display saw Matt Smith reach 33 from 12 balls – an innings that saw three sixes and two fours, the retirement of Smith failed to bring relief for the Cane Toads as Kaine Browne scored 23 from 11, Josh Henderson 24 from eight, and Alex Richards also retiring for 30 from 10 balls.

Regular Cane Toads openers Callum Whiting and Daniel Muller withstood a barrage of fierce bowling as Broke Bat Mountain looked to assert their dominance with the ball. Whiting falling just short of retirement, notching 27 from 23 with one four and a six – before he was soon followed by fellow opener Muller for 20 from 17.

Some late hitting by Troy Sanders – 19 from 9 – lifted the Cane Toads to 74 for 2 from their 10 overs.

Cane Toads v Middle Stumped
Middle Stumped batted first in this clash. The Cane Toads backing up from a very disappointing opening match and were looking to hopefully finish the day with some respectability.

Mitch Le Prou retires on 35 from 14!

Lovish Dhillon the only player the Cane Toads able to dismiss with Mitchell Le Prou picking up the wicket however Josh Scott (30 from 22) and Michael Cullen (33 from 22) both reached retirement as the Middle Stumped side finished their ten overs on 76 for 1.

Skipper Callum Whiting (28 from 20 not out) was complimented nicely by Mitchell Le Prou (35 from 14 retired) as the Cane Toads set about chasing down the 77 runs needed for victory – after Le Prou’s retirement the Cane Toads lost Daniel Muller for 10 from 14 before Shaun Love and Callum Whiting saw out the 10 overs with the score 76 for 1.

The match had ended in a tie.

The Twists & Turns
With both teams relatively disappointed with their performances to date, many were surprised with the twists and turns that were about to come throughout the rest of the days action.

The brief form guide would suggest that considering their loss to The Outlaws and the massive win over The Outlaws by Beauy Bucheurs – that the Jimby Crickets side would be no match. Instead they chased down the Beauy Bucheurs 77/4 in 7.1 overs eliminating the Bucheurs while thrusting themselves into top spot – The Yarrabilba Outlaws? 2nd and into the plate playoff.

In another twist to the days fortunes for the Yarrabilba-based squads. The Cane Toads with their tied match with Middle Stumped found themselves also equal in their pool match and moving onto the knock out stages of the plate… their semi-final opponents… The Yarrabilba Outlaws.

Yarrabilba Outlaws v Yarrabilba Cane Toads
It was a match no one was expecting. Both Yarrabilba sides had snuck into the playoffs for the Plate and were up against each other where the winner would have a shot at the Plate in a match to be conducted later on under lights.

The Cane Toads had the upper hand early in the clash of the two Yarrabilba-based sides with Mitchell Le Prou (eight from eight) and Kaine Browne (two from five) were both dismissed early in the Outlaws innings – a little bit of inner-club bragging rights purely on offer for the winner in addition to their plate final appearance.

Jackson Larkins fought The Outlaws back into the contest with 29 from 17, he was joined by Jamie Braithwaite who posted a-run-a-ball 21 as The Outlaws posted 65/4 from their 10 overs.

Shaun Love picked up two wickets with two for eight.

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads hardly looked troubled in their run chase however. Whiting and Daniel Lake providing a good solid platform before Lake was bowled by Nick Feros for 26 from 13, Callum Whiting attempted to take club President Brendon McCoy on one too many times following back to back sixes with the LMS skipper caught in the deep by the clubs Division One skipper for 17 from 12.

Daniel Muller 20 from 19 and Shaun Love were the not out batsmen as the Cane Toads secured a six wicket victory.

Snap Fitness Flagstone LMS T10

Photograph courtesy of: ByTy Photography

Callum Whiting and the Yarrabilba Cane Toads side were asked to bat first as the plate final approached, the sun embarking on its journey to brighten the other side of the earth, shadows creeping across the field and brand new white balls being broken out of the packet as they faced Duck Duck Gone in the tournaments Plate Final.

A change to the batting order saw big hitters Daniel Lake and Mitchell Le Prou added up the batting order in the hunt for quick runs in the final. The choice unfortunately backfired when Daniel Lake was bowled for six from eight balls, before Le Prou hit the ball to well off his pads caught on the boundary for four from five deliveries.

Whiting reunited with regular LMS opening partner Daniel Muller with the pair scoring in singles and hard fought runs between the wickets ensuring the side had a target to defend as the batsmen continued to struggle with the unique shadows from the ball, and the repercussions of almost twelve hours at the event by the time the final started.

The Cane Toads skipper was eventually dismissed for 18 from as many balls, an innings that included the only two boundaries of the Yarrabilba Cane Toads innings, as a late cameo by Shaun Love (9 from seven) helped the team post 57 for 3 from their ten overs.

Duck Duck Gone had gone through the tournament defeating the Purple People Eaters (91/2 – 87/2), they finished 2nd in their group after going down to The Bushies (81/3 – 95/5) before booking their finals appearance with a six-run win over Photos for Mum (84/5 – 78/4) – and were the more fancied of the two teams heading into the match considering the Cane Toads just scraped into the play off mix.

With their higher scores throughout the tournament the Duck Duck Gone side were more fancied to take out the plate however some good tight bowling and hungry feeling saw runs hard to come by compared to earlier in the day. Jason Hart was forced to retire after reaching 30 from 25 deliveries – an innings that included just one six, also the only time during the chase the ball reached the boundary rope.

Jake Burns was bowled early for just one, while Corey Zarb (22 from 20) was also bowled just as it looked the Duck Duck Gone side had the game in the bag.

Ben Sweeney securing the Plate for Duck Duck Gone with one ball to spare when running through a bye once the field closed in. Duck Duck Gone reaching 58/2 on the final ball – the Cane Toads falling just short of claiming the associations first piece of silverware.

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