The Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads remain the only undefeated side in the RJR Sports Division Two Winter Cricket competition, snatching a one-wicket victory in the final oval to defeat fellow table toppers Southern Rangers in winter cricket action at Pincally Oval on the weekend.

After both teams had moved to a 3-0 winning start after their respective wins last weekend one of the sides were going to have their winning run come to an end – fortunately for the Yarrabilba side it was their opponents who were unable to claim the final scalp they needed for the win.

The match, whose start was delayed by almost half an hour while the Cane Toads awaited for their opposition to have enough players, remained in the balance throughout the contest with both teams sharing their fair share of momentum in a see-sawing Top of the Table clash.

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Southern Rangers won the toss and elected to bat first on the smaller Pincally Oval field, their opening batsmen survived a number of close calls during the opening exchanges – which was unsurprising considering that due to illness to the match official the two teams were responsible for umpiring their own batting innings.

Opening bowler Simeon Roberts struck with back-to-back deliveries, both batsmen being caught behind by the returning Justin Noonan. Fellow opening bowler Ben Constable was unlucky not to have a wicket in his first over as officiating benefiting the batting side.

The reprieve for the batting side looked to swing momentum the way of the Southern Rangers with the former table toppers reaching the first McDonald’s Yarrabilba Drinks Break at 2 for 116.

A change of tactics at the drinks break helped see the match once again be brought back towards the Yarrabilba-based side with the introduction of their slower bowlers, with immediate effect.

Skipper Nick Feros struck when wicket keeper Justin Noonan and fielder Wayne Woods almost collided as they chased a skied leading edge, the break through seemingly what the Cane Toads needed.

Patrick Hansen struck with the first ball of the next over when Nick Feros latched onto another skied ball, before the spinner picked up a second scalp later in the over with a rare LBW shout being upheld.

Hansen then struck with a third wicket a short time later when he deceived the big hitting Southern Rangers batsmen who skied the ball back to the bowler.

The Rangers then fell to be seven wickets down when Matt Bailey held onto a ball that was hit hard, and fast towards the boundary where Bailey was fielding the little nugget of brilliance holding the ball.

Feros then had his second when Wayne Woods took a brilliant catch to further reduce the Rangers, their job was then made harder when on the next ball Jos De Waard took the eighth catch of the innings.

The Rangers limped their way to 9 for 256 at the end of their allotted 40 overs.

In reply Purvis and Hansen started strong with Hansen, in particular, dispatching the ball to the boundary to kick start the Yarrabilba Cane Toads innings, Purvis however, wasn’t as lucky prodding at a shot outside off to become the first wicket of the innings departing for just two.

A 38-run stand between Pat Hansen and Justin Noonan helped the scoreboard tick over before Hansen departed just one run shy of a half century.

Woods and Noonan looked to once again work on rebuilding the innings however both departed within a run of each other, first Woods for 31 followed by Noonan who was adjudicated trapped in front LBW off Pokopoki for 48 – falling just shy of his third half century in as many matches.

Donnolan’s tough trot with the bat continued when he was bowled by Toni for six, however, it was the blistering hitting of Matt Bailey, smashing 84 in the blink of an eye that kept the Cane Toads in the chase just as things were looking grim for the visitors.

The wickets of De Waard (two), Simeon Robets (two) and Ben Constable – the less said the better – saw finger nails being chewed in the tight contest before Feros (10 not out) and Baker (nine not out) saw the Cane Toads home by one wicket with five balls to spare.

The win keeps the Yarrabilba Cane Toads undefeated so far in the RJR Sports Winter Cricket Division Two competition, with four wins from as many starts, ahead of this coming Saturday’s clash against Alberton at Malling Street Oval.

Southern Rangers 9 for 256
Nick Feros 4 for 79
Pat Hansen 3 for 38
Simeon Roberts 2 for 29

Yarrabilba Cane Toads 9 for 257
Matt Bailey 84
Patrick Hansen 49
Justin Noonan 48
Wayne Woods 31

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