After last weekends disappointing loss to Helensvale, the Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads have returned to the winners circle with an 80-run victory over Greenbank in yet another thrilling encounter between the two teams at Malling Park as RJR Sports Winter Cricket action continued today.
Greenbank won the toss and asked the Cane Toads to bat first, hoping to have found the Cane Toads licking their wounds after their last start loss, but it was far from the start the visitors were hoping, as Carl Purvis and Pat Hansen combined to provide a solid platform seeing through the opening bowlers.
Hansen looked to be in fine touch finding the gaps as the pair enthusiastically took each run that was offer to them, however after the side line jinxed him by bringing up that he was on 45 that Hansen inside edged a ball from Hannan onto his stumps, bringing to an end the opening stand of 63.
A tiring Purvis was also brought undone by Hannan, his innings brought to an end on 15. The Greenbank side happy to finally see the back of both players.
With Wayne Woods in fine touch, proving cricket is a game for young – and – old, combining with Matt Bailey in a massive 122-run stand both players with grace gliding across the turf wicket – beautifully sculptured to perfection by Robert Pearce 😉 – Bailey turning easy-threes into hard fought singles.
The partnership finally broken on 196 when Woods was caught by Singh once Robert Pearce was brought onto bowl, using his knowledge of his pitch to perfection, Woods finally departing for 57.
The Cane Toads suffering a minor collapse when Matt Bailey was bowled by Pearce for 59, and McAvoy was caught & bowled by Shane Harris for a duck to reduce the home side to 5 for 197.
Mitch Le Prou in his first game for winter looked to settle right back in at ease falling for 17, Baker was caught for four, and Feros was bowled by Hannan for two.
Late key runs to (No-Knees) Jos De Waard and Club President Brendon McCoy put on ten to see the Cane Toads to 8 for 238 from their 40 overs.
Sarbjeet Singh was the first man to fall being trapped in front by Hayden Mcavoy for eight, the wicket falling with 17 on the board.
US Shah took a liking to both Simeon Roberts and Mcavoy on his way to 20 before Roberts was able to have the last laugh picking up the openers scalp.
Wayne Woods was brought into the attack by Feros with the wise one getting through the defence of Saif Ali for 18, the first time the wall of defence has been broken this season with Ali being dismissed caught in his previous five innings.
Hopes for the visiting Greenbank side looked to rely on Robert Pearce, but when he was caught by Simeon Roberts off AJ Baker for 16 it looked just a matter of time.
Despite the best efforts from the remaining batsmen provided little resistance as Mitch Le Prou (1 over, 1 wicket for one run) returned to the bowling arena – however the big wicket that turned the match on its head came from none other than Carl Purvis when skipper Nick Feros decided to unleash the blistering pace of the medium pacer just before drinks.
Three balls into his first over Purvis struck with Justin Oliver having no answers for the Brett Lee replicated pace with a ball that swung around the bat and almost ripped middle stump in half with the opening batsmen, and gun rarely used bowler, finishing with two overs, one maiden, one wicket for just seven runs.
A top effort in the field all around with the Cane Toads looking the side that were unbeaten until last weekend, capped off when Mcavoy bowled Hannan ending the Greenbank run chase on 158 from 34 overs.
Feros finished with 3 for 25, moving to 42 wickets for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads, McAvoy back to his destructive best with 2 for 20 – with the rest of the wickets being spread amongst the bowlers.
Roberts with 1 for 37, Baker 1 for 23, Woods 1 for 24, Carl Purvis 1 for 7 and Mitch Le Prou with 1 for one.
The match another good game between the two sides who despite the Cane Toads short history have come to have a friendly rivalry that has developed over a number of tight contests between the two clubs.
The Cane Toads with an 80 run win remain in good stead heading into the home stretch of the season.