Cane Toads fall short of back-to-back wins

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The Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads have fallen an agonising seven-runs short from securing back-to-back victories in Division One – Logan District Cricket Association action on the weekend. With the Greenbank Lumberjacks fighting back from a disastrous start to secure the tight win.

At Beaudeserts Everdell Park the Greenbank Lumberjacks won the toss and elected to bat first – a move that looked to move against them when last weekends Cane Toads stand out player Mitchell Le Prou combined with young opening bowler Shaun Love to shatter the Lumberjacks top order in their round eight fixture.

Dylan Goodison was dismissed when Le Prou had the opening batsmen caught by Patrick Hansen for a duck, before Jamie Braithwaite was also brought undone by Le Prou with a delivery that snuck through the defences and striking the stumps for a duck. With their first win under their belt last week it looked a refreshed Cane Toads side in the field.

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The Greenbank Lumberjacks were reduced to four-down with just three runs on the board as Le Prou also picked up the wicket of Gurdeep Singh for one, before Love had Harshubham Sharma caught by Mitch Le Prou also for a duck.

Harnoor Singh (5) and Ali Hader looked to embark on a rescue mission but were soon brought undone when first Singh (caught by Pat Hansen from a Simeon Roberts delivery) was out followed soon after by Hader who because Hansen’s third catch of the afternoon for 22.

Muhammad Hammad stood tall against a charging Cane Toads outfit and was well supported by Sarbjeet Singh (24) the later becoming Le Prou’s fourth wicket of the match with the pace bowler still returning from a shoulder injury finishing with 4 wickets, for five runs from four overs including one maiden, and one of the runs being a wide.

By the time Nick Feros had picked up Hammad for 60, followed soon after by Sandhu who became Hansen’s fourth catch of the afternoon, the Greenbank Lumberjacks had posted a competitive 175.

Shaun Love and Carl Purvis set about the run chase with the pair posting 23 before Love was caught by Sharma from a Goodison delivery for 8, before both Purvis (9) and last weeks century maker Mitchell Le Prou (one) departed quickly to reduce the Cane Toads to 3 for 24.

A 38-run partnership between Phillip Knowles and Wayne Woods was finally brought undone when Lumberjacks chief wicket taker Shane Harris finally made the breakthrough they needed with the wicket of Woods for 12 when he was caught by Sarbjeet Singh.

Mcavoy joined Knowles with the pair adding 32 before Mcavoy (16) was caught by Jamie Braithwaite to hand Harris his second of what would be four wickets for the match. Andrew Baker was bowled by Harris for just one as the Cane Toads had slipped to 6 for 96 in reply.

Although there remained hope for the Cane Toads it was going to be an uphill task when Knowles, who was run out for 40, departed at 8 for 123 – Nick Feros (5) and Patrick Hansen (26) inched closer to securing the sides second win on the trot, only for Goodisons third wicket of the match – that of Hansen – brought an end to the match with Jos De Waard unbeaten on seven and the Yarrabilba Cane Toads falling agonisingly short of the target being dismissed for 169.

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