Yarrabilba Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros is closing in on becoming the first player in the history of the Yarrabilba Cricket Association to reach 50-wickets in senior cricket competition. His 3 for 25 against Greenbank in last weekends RJR Sports Winter Cricket Cup match moving Cane Toad number 1 to 42 wickets for the club.

Twelve-months ago Nick Feros and his team of ‘mis-fits’ were nomads calling themselves The Outlaws being guns for hire, but word within the local cricketing community was a new club was being launched, they were possibly looking for players, e-mails and discussions flowed back-and-forth between Feros and the fledging Yarrabilba Cricket Association.

It wasn’t long before Feros brought into the vision of the club and guaranteed the club he would have a team for the 2020/2021 season – and thus the Yarrabilba Cane Toads were born – and the career of Feros, and most of his team, began with Logan Districts newest cricket club.

Following the Cane Toads first six matches in the Logan District Cricket Association’s 2020/2021 season the Cane Toads remained winless and had been humiliated by Logan Village – being dismissed for an embarrassing total of 36, while chasing 134 for victory after a great bowling innings – in which Nick Feros took 4 for 18 from just three overs.

A disheartened Cane Toads outfit gathered on the pitch, the skipper stood in front of his players and offered to step down as skipper due to the bad start to the season. The playing group rallied around him and a fighting Cane Toads spirit was born.

The side went on to win three more matches that season, with four draws due to lockdowns and weather, the side finishing the season in fourth position and qualifying for the finals, where weather once again had the final say with the two allotted weeks of finals being washed out.

After some soul searching the Yarrabilba Cane Toads and the core of the playing group entered into the RJR Winter Sports Cup of 2021 and through seven rounds sit on top of the table suffering only the one loss to the Helensvale Hawks in Round 6.

Throughout the 2020/2021 LDCA Competition Nick Feros took a total of 26 wickets across the 17 completed matches coming off 69.2 overs and at a cost of 518 runs. So far in the Winter Cricket competition Feros has taken 16 wickets over seven matches from 46.5 overs.

This puts Nick Feros just eight wickets away from being the first player to take 50-wickets for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads.

To date the slow spinner has taken 42 wickets for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads across 24 matches from a total of 115.2 overs – of which just five were maidens.

“I’m not here for records,” Feros said when the statistics were revelled recently.

“I am here to play cricket with a good bunch of lads, and build a solid future to Yarrabilba.”