The Jimboomba Bushrangers have held the first win for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads to ransom, securing a 94-run victory in Round 5 Logan District Cricket Association action across the weekend.
On home soil at Glenlogan Park the Bushrangers won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Jimboomba Bushrangers looked to solidify their position in the competitions standings at this early point in the season, taking the early front foot in the match against the Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads as they raced towards the first drinks break without losing a wicket thanks largely to some loose bowling by an ever improving Cane Toads bowling outfit, and clinical batting shots by their openers.
With the ice doing its job in cooling down the water trapped inside the McDonald’s Yarrabilba drink dispenser, and the thirst of players continued to build the introduction of AJ Baker by skipper Nic Feros had immediate results when for the first time in three weeks (32no, 25no) Rodney Teese was dismissed, brilliantly caught in the deep by Phillip Knowles for 24.
The wicket looked to lift the spirits for the Cane Toads, who are still hunting for their first win as an established association, as they picked up the scalps of Phil Bourke (nine) and Tom Jellie (23), the later was stumped following some quick hands from keeper Wade Mulhearn from the bowling of Cane Toads skipper Nic Feros.
When Ashley Hughes was caught by Jos De Waard shortly after bringing up his half century the Cane Toads had, for a club that has to date been unable to access nearby training facilities to hone their skills, impressively fought their way back into the contest reducing the Bushrangers to 4 for 150.
However, a 98 run partnership between Steven Foulis (58) and Kelton Maguire (56 not out) helped the Bushrangers finish their allotted 40 overs with 6 for 260 on the board.
Inspired spells of bowling from Jos De Warrd (1/23 from eight), Nic Feros (2/46 from five) and AJ Baker (2/47 from eight) weren’t enough to restrict the Jimboomba Bushrangers who had three batsmen score half centuries.
All day Carl Puruis had reminded spectators of Rugby League great Graeme “Changa” Langlands and his decision to change the norm and wear white football boots in the 1975 grand final that his side lost 38-0, when Puruis donned a cap that looked more at home at St. Augustine’s Golf Club than on a cricket field, Puruis having a number of fumbles, and bad bounces in the field his bad luck continuing when he was the first Cane Toads player to depart during the run chase when he was bowled by Phil Bourke for just 11.
Wayne Woods looked to be getting his eye in with young 18-year-old Cane Toads opening batsmen Shaun Love as the score begin to tick over until Woods departed for eight too reduce the Cane Toads to 2 for 35 in reply.
A 55-run partnership between Phillip Knowles and Love was brought undone when the Bushrangers introduced Tom Jellie into the attack with Knowles falling victim for 22 shortly after the McDonald’s Yarrabilba Drinks Break.
Jellie who finished with 6 for 36 from his eight overs demoralised the Cane Toads batting line up with Mitchell Le Prou, Patrick Hansen, and Hayden Mcavoy all departing without troubling the scorers (Samuel Matthews picking up the scalp of Hansen).
Skipper Nic Feros attempted to provide some resistance as the focus for the newly established cricket association switched to trying to survive the 40 overs, something they have failed to do so far in their existence. Feros reminding young Shaun Love to use as much time he wanted.
Feros became the fourth wicket for Jellie, Baker smashed three fours before becoming the fifth wicket for Jellie on his fourth ball faced.
Wade Mulhearn remained three not out as he and Shaun Love, scoring an unbeaten 68 as he carried his bat in what the Yarrabilba Cricket Association had determined was the Bendigo Bank – Logan Village and Jimboomba branches – Performance You Can Bank On moment of the round, saw out the forty-overs for the Cane Toads, a small victory in the overall battle.
Jimboomba Bushrangers 6 for 260
S Foulis 58
K Maguire 56 n.o
AJ Hughes 52
NJ Feros 2/46
A Baker 2/47
J De Waard 1/23
SS Love 1/31
Yarrabilba Cane Toads 9 for 166
SS Love 68 n.o
PP Knowles 22
NJ Feros 14
AJ Baker 12
TR Jellie 6/36