With wet weather around and grounds across the Logan district becoming unavailable as a result it was not until late on Friday evening the Round 11 match between the Helensvale Hawks and the Absolute Physio & Rehab – Yarrabilba Cane Toads was confirmed to be on at the Greenbank Junior grounds.
Greenbank is a wonderful ground – for junior cricket – but has in recent times become a handy play ground for batsmen who like to swing knowing an edge will more times than not will run to – or if your lucky – over the boundary.
Which is why it was no surprise Helensvale skipper Lee Greenwood had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss, opening the batting with Ben Daley.
The Cane Toads were in the box position early when a brilliant delivery by Ben Constable had Lee Greenwood caught by Wayne Woods for just nine. Despite some boundaries coming when Simeon Roberts had the scalp of Ben Daley for 10 – his lowest score thus far in the 2021 RJR Sports Winter Cricket Cup the Hawks were two for 33.
That, for a while at least, would be all the joy the Cane Toads would have as their fielding standards slipped and catches that they desperately needed to take were going just wide as Joshua Stewart and Samuel Lickiss took full advantage of the almost embarrassingly small boundaries as they shared in a 141-run third wicket stand.
The partnership was finally broken shortly after Stewart brought up his 100 when he was bowled by Shaun Love, in his first match of the winter for the Cane Toads.
Between Lickiss (90) and Percy (27) the game looked to be well in control for the Hawks, however, both batsmen were dismissed with the score on 247 when they failed to respect the bowling of Mitch Le Prou and Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros.
However the small boundaries were always going to be hard to defend with Elliott Baker finishing unbeaten on 118 as the Hawks reached 6 for 415 from 35 overs.
All of the Cane Toad bowlers were expensive, but playing a Junior field would do that to the best of players. Simeon Roberts finishing with 1 for 31, Mitch Le Prou 1 for 47 and the rest of the bowling being hit for over 50 each.
Despite the big score the Cane Toads were confident they could chase it down, the boundaries were just as small, however the early departure of Mitchell Le Prou for a duck, and Shaun Love for seven, both by Daffin one of the impressive up and coming bowlers that has truly shined throughout the Winter cricket tournament, things were looking tough for the Cane Toads.
Pat Hansen and Ben Constable came together midway through the run chase to put on a 99-run stand, brought undone when Hansen was out for 72.
Carl Purvis looked to be in fine touch racing to 36 before he was stumped by Daley off Percy. While there were helpful cameos from skipper Nick Feros (27), Matt Bailey (25) and Hayden McAvoy (11 not out) all eyes were on Ben Constable who could’ve been easily mistaken for Steve Smith himself with the grace in which his shots were played.
Unfortunately in the end it was just too many runs for the Cane Toads to chase down, Constable finishing unbeaten on 127 with the Cane Toads finishing on 343 for 7.