Blood, Sweat & Tears as Cane Toads win

The Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads finally returned to the field as the continuation of the Logan District Cricket Associations Division 1 competition resumed on Saturday, where despite a collision between two of their own players the Cane Toads secured a 7-wicket victory over the Greenbank Lumberjacks at Everdell Park in Beaudesert.

With lockdowns due to the on going coronavirus pandemic, extreme heat or alternatively torrential rain the Yarrabilba Cane Toads 1st Division side had not been on the field in a complete game since the December 5th when they faced the competition heavyweights Beaudesert at Selwyn Park – a big ten wicket loss.

Since then scheduled matches against the Jimboomba Bushrangers, Logan Village and a second Greenbank side had all been called off for one reason or another, as well as a short Christmas and New Years break for players and their families.

The Round 13 clash against the Greenbank Lumberjacks at Everdell Park – on the Ray Antcliff Oval – the first opportunity in over a month for the players to get back on the field – and even then play was still halted for 45-minutes due to heavy rain mid-afternoon.

Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros won the toss and asked the Lumberjacks to bat first with Sarbjeet Singh and Shaun Broadstock the opening pair who navigated the early overs on their way to an opening stand of 17 – before a double strike by Simeon Roberts.

First picking up the scalp of Singh (caught by Shaun Love) for six, before following it up with Broadstock dismissed caught by Mitchell Le Prou for a duck.

Gurdeep Singh and Rajinder Kamboj went about attempting to rescue the innings however the Cane Toads bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals to stunt any attempt from the Lumberjacks to bat themselves back into the game – by the time AJ Baker had Nick Young caught by David Sheehan for 23 to end the innings – they had reached just 109.

Despite the fantastic bowling effort in which Feros ended with 3 for 33, Roberts 2 for seven, and Shaun Love 2 for 30 being the multiple wicket takers the talking point for most out of the match will forever remain the collision between Simeon Roberts and wicket keeper Wayne Woods.

With another catching opportunity provided by the Lumberjacks batsmen both fielders went for the ball, unfortunately not calling clearly, and coming together. Wicket Keeper Wayne Woods scarily knocked out as the game was put on hold as everyone awaited the arrival of paramedics.

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads vice-captain Wayne Woods taken to hospital, while Simeon Roberts – despite cut and bruised – remained on the field.

In a great sign of sportsmanship from Shane Harris, the skipper of the Greenbank Lumberjacks, Harris declared his batsmen out declaring that Roberts did infact catch the ball, to the extent he had the control of it before placing the ball down.

A move that may have cost his side a few extra runs in the scheme of thing – but won he and his side (who accepted the decision without issue) earned extra respect for their stance.

Knowing not to count their chickens before they hatched, considering the completed games to date between these two teams had been tight, highly competitive affairs, and it looked another tight match was on the cards when a rejinked batting line up in the hopes of chasing the runs quickly by Cane Toads skipped Feros threatened to backfire.

Hayden Mcavoy departed for just one when he was caught by Gurdeep Singh off Muhammad Hammad, and when Carl Purvis was caught by Shane Harris also off Hammad, who ended with 2 for 28 from four overs, for a duck things did start to look a little concerning for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads.

However, Mitchell Le Prou who was put up the order to open the batting and David Sheehan (unbeaten 29) combined for a 76 run partnership to bring the Cane Toads within striking distance – despite losing Le Prou caught by Fauea off Broadstock for 57 – Jos De Waard combined with Sheehan to safely guide the Cane Toads home by 7-wickets.

With the changes to the LDCA Division one during the winter break the Cane Toads second win of the season see’s them move to fifth (out of eight) on the ladder just six points behind the Lumberjacks who are in fourth. Next up for the Cane Toads however is the table topping Beaudesert side at Dauth Park (Club Beenleigh).

Greenbank Lumberjacks 109
Yarrabilba Cane Toads 3 for 112
N Young 23
M Le Prou 57
T Fauea 15
D Sheehan 29*
N Feros 3/33 (8)
M Hammad 2/28 (4)
S Roberts 2/7 (3)

Yarrabilba Cane Toads won by 7 wickets