0-6 start triggers search for answers

While start Australian batsmen Steve Smith prepares to dominate the touring Indians with the bat, it was Logan Village’s Matt Smith that dominated the Yarrabilba Cane Toads with 6 for 11, as the fledgling club sunk to a new low in their inaugural season, bowled out for just 36 in Division One Logan District Cricket Association (LDCA) action at Newstead Park on Saturday.

The Cane Toads lost the toss and were asked to field first, as temperatures sored as high as 38 degrees, and it looked as though the visitors had the upper hand early when 18-year-old opening bowler Shaun Love picked up two early wickets, first getting through the defence of Jackson Larkins, before snaring the scalp of Matt Smith who was caught by Hayden Mcavoy for a duck.

It looked as though all of the promising performances by the clubs first division side were going to click when Anthony Larsen departed for a duck when AJ Baker hit the stumps in a devastating spell of bowling that was amongst his best this season as the Yarrabilba Cane Toads looked a hungry team in the field.

The home side had been reduced to 3 for 30 and a spirited and passionate speech from skipper Nick Feros asking for his players to stay energetic and talkative in the field, to keep spirits high and to make Logan Village work for each and every run.

The speech looked to inspire the team when Alex Richards was caught in the deep by Phillip Knowles, Simeon Roberts (1/16 from three overs) made the crucial breakthrough, despite some wayward bowling which resulted in nine wides across his three overs, the Logan Village batsmen were made to work hard for their runs – just as the Cane Toads skipper had asked for – with miss fields that had plagued the team last week reduced to a minimum.

Just as it looked as though the Yarrabilba Cane Toads were taking control of the match Logan Village opening batsmen Tane Cox combined with Matthew Owen for a 56-run partnership with the runs starting to flow as the heat began to drain the energy out of the fielding side, however, just as the pair looked to up the run rate Hayden Mcavoy struck for the Cane Toads when he bowled Owen for 24 from 40.

Feros, who to date is the Cane Toads leading wicket taker, soon brought himself into the attack with almost immediate effect picking up the wicket of Aaron Mitchell who had looked to take on the slow spinner only to be caught brilliantly on the boundary by Simeon Roberts for one from four.

Jos De Waard then picked up the prized scalp of Tane Cox who had dominated the Logan Village batting scorecard, when he had the powerful opening batsmen trapped plum in front for 65 from 88 deliveries – bringing an end to his innings that lasted just over two hours and included 13 boundaries – umpire Nathan Bennett having no hesitation in raising his finger.

After the departure of Cox, Logan Village went from 6 for 121 to being all our for 133 with Feros once again proving the magic arm finishing with 4 for 18 from 3.1 overs – leaving supporters to question why he doesn’t bowl himself more often as he moved to 13-wickets for the season.

Chasing 134 for the victory, a very gettable score on the Newstead Park Oval, the Cane Toads were soon left red faced, sitting 0-6 on the bottom of the ladder and sparking deep soul searching to break the hoodoo and get the all important win on the board.

In an innings where their batsmen lasted a combined total of 155 minutes, just half an hour more than Tane Cox faced himself for Logan Village, the Cane Toads were bowled out for just 36… yep you read that right a team who scored 133 won by 97-runs.

The left arm in swing bowling by Matt Smith, combining with the out swing from Raj Kumar, didn’t allow any of the Cane Toads batsmen to feel comfortable in the middle.

Matt Smith finished with 6 for 11, from seven overs which also included three maidens, while despite picking up the scalp of Carl Purvis who was caught by Smith in slip for a duck, Kumar was the more expensive of the two going for 1 for 17 from his six overs.

The match was over when Alex Richards was introduced taking three wickets for four runs – all wides – from just two overs.

Once Phillip Knowles departed for a fourth ball duck, bowled by Richards, at the completion of the 16th over and the COVID19-approved fist bumps were finished Cane Toads players were summonsed to the field around their skipper Nick Feros.

Feros immediately voiced what the players knew… 0-6 was not good enough for a first grade side, that the batting display on offer today – by everyone – was not up to standard, and that despite the blood, sweat and tears that went into getting the association, club and team off the field it was the players who had to look at themselves, and challenge themselves to do better.

As the curtains closed on Round 6 of the Logan District Cricket Association action, the Yarrabilba Cane Toads still seek their first win of the season and a much hungrier, dedicated and focused team is expected to take the field against Loganholme at the Cane Toads first ‘Home Game’ of the season at Dauth Park in Beenleigh next Saturday.

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