The extension of the Queensland Government’s lockdown for eleven Local Government Area’s due to the outbreak of the Delta-strain of the Coronavirus currently plaguing Australia, and the rest of the world, has meant that the Yarrabilba Cane Toads have narrowly missed out on claiming the Minor Premiership in the 2021 RJR Sports Winter Cup Division 2 competition, after going down to Southside Rangers on the weekend.
“It just wasn’t our day. We were completely out played today.” Skipper Nick Feros said following the disappointing loss to Southside Rangers played at the junior cricket oval in Greenbank on the weekend. The Cane Toads had just taken to the field when the initial three-day-lockdown was announced, and you could’ve been excused for thinking they had gone into lockdown midway through their batting innings.
The pair were able to add just 38 before Hansen was bowled by Tengere for 11 from 16. Matt Bailey joined Noonan at the crease, the duo recovering from the disappointing early departure of Hansen combining to see the Cane Toads past the one-hundred-mark, however soon after the milestone came up a loose shot from Bailey saw his innings of 41 from 31, which included five boundaries and two-sixes, come to an end.
A 36-run partnership soon followed between Justin Noonan and Wayne Woods, however, when Pokipoki was brought into the attack he caused a massive collapse that the Yarrabilba Cane Toads would struggle to recover from.
First Noonan’s innings of 70 was brought to an end when he was out caught, the 50-ball innings including 13-boundaries. He was soon joined by Woods who was also out to Pokipoki for 21 from 23 before Hayden Mcavoy joined them when he was trapped in front by Vigo for just seven from eight deliveries.
The Cane Toads had found themselves one for 109, and mere moments later five for 162.
Phillip Knowles, in a rare Winter cricket appearance, was run out for five as he was attempting to steady the ship before Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros had his innings of 18 from 23, including a boundary and a six, being brought to an end with the Cane Toads sitting at a precarious seven for 190.
Shaun Love added 28 important runs from 34 deliveries, including three boundaries, with Baker adding 10 from nine late as the Cane Toads limped to 9 for 248 from their 35 overs.
It was a rare poor bowling display from the Cane Toads, with only AJ Baker picking up a wicket. That of Rua Vigo who was trapped in front for 20 from 30 deliveries – but apart from that slip up the Southside Rangers thumped the Cane Toads around the park on their way to a massive nine-wicket victory and jump to the top of the RJR Sports Winter Cup Division 2 table.
The Southside Rangers would’ve faced fellow finalists, and current third place holders on the ladder, Greenbank in the final round of the competition, while the Cane Toads were scheduled to face the bottom placed Alberton side and would’ve needed to win, and win big, to leapfrog back into top spot on the ladder – where they had sat the entire season until the completion of last weekends match.
Due to the lockdown being extended, however, the final round has been cancelled with Southside Rangers securing the Minor Premiership and the Yarrabilba Cane Toads finishing in second spot due to overall Net Run Rate.
Southside Rangers are due to face Helensvale Hawks on August 14, while at the same time the Yarrabilba Cane Toads will take on Greenbank – who pulled off an upset against the table toppers in Round 12 – with the winners of each match to face off in the Grand Final.
If unfortunately the lockdown is extended beyond August the 14th the Yarrabilba side will qualify for the Grand Final, which if it is not played, will be awarded to Southside Rangers.