After starting the 2021 RJR Winter Sports 2nd Division with five-straight wins the Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads have been soundly beaten by the Helensvale Pacific Pines Hawks in Round 6 action at Hession Oval.
Due to illness, work and family commitments it was always going to be a tough encounter for the Cane Toads who were missing four regular starters, with a further three players on the field carrying serious injury or illness playing to ensure the side had enough players – and still went on the field with just 10 players.
Their dedication to the team, and efforts to try and keep the winning streak going was made much harder when the Helensvale Hawks opted to draft in a host of players that represent the club in the sides Division One Gold Coast Cricket Competition – which is widely known to be of a much higher standard than that of the local Logan District Cricket Competition – in an effort to end the Cane Toads streak.
Helensvale won the toss and elected to bat first, letting lose the first grade players on the under strength Cane Toads with Ben Constable being dispatched for 22 from his opening over. Despite the early onslaught during the opening over the Cane Toads continued to dig deep with the runs soon slowing down.
Constable soon had the opening wicket when Chapman was brilliantly caught by the ever impressive AJ Baker with a one handed dive behind square-leg picking up the Division One fill in for 5.
The opening pair for Helensvale had put on 41 in a quick amount of time before the breakthrough and the second wicket followed not soon after when Matt Bailey had Stewart caught for eight with the score on60.
The momentum the Cane Toads did have however was soon ripped away through the Lickiss brothers who had a field day playing in a lower grade combining for a 138-run stand before Jack Lickiss was finally dismissed falling victim to the ol’ lower-grade special of a slow, flighted delivery from an aging bald-guy with skipper Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros picking the important scalp for 94.
Samuel Lickiss continued to take full advantage of the under-manned Cane Toads with the gaps in the fields easy to find, and the strength on the smaller oval to clear the boundary with ease.
Bringing up a well made century in the blink of an eye, a great display of batting no matter what grade is was played in before he was finally dismissed stumped by Wayne Woods from Pat Hansen for 128.
Brother Harry Luckiss performed a well played cameo, playing a number of unconventional shots that would’ve been enough to make Glenn Maxwell blush before he was caught behind by Woods to become Constable’s second wicket for the match.
Lachlan Creed departed for one when he was caught behind by Woods from Hansen by then the damage was far from being done. Helensvale had slipped to 283 for six however late powerful hitting from Michael Percy (33 not out) and David O’Donnell (16 not out) continued to rub salt into the wounds with the Hawks finishing on 6 for 332 from their allotted 40 overs.
The deflated Cane Toads were never truly in the hunt, in a match all agreed was far from their best, it wasn’t however the ring ins Helensvale relied on to do the damage with the ball as the young blossoming career of Finn Beuvink continues to improve taking a remarkable 4 for 28 from five overs in an impressive spell of bowling.
Pat Hansen was the first to fall for a duck, before Beuvink continued his devastating spell with teh scalps of Woods (seven), De Waard (two), and McCoy (two) – all while Carl Purvis tried to provide a solid backbone before he was bowled by Andrew Daffin for a hard earned 22.
AJ Baker remained not out on 37, with David Fairbank (10) the only remaining player to reach double figures as the Cane Toads were all out for 107 from just 19 overs – their first loss in the RJR Winter Sports season, however, are lucky enough to remain on top of the current standings.
The loss, despite disappointing, created a solid mantra within the playing group – It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you win and how you lose.