Rangers v Cane Toads – GF Preview

Twelve-months ago the Cane Toads side effectively didn’t exist. We had colours, a moniker and a couple players interested. After going 0-8 under the captaincy of Nick Feros during the summer Logan District Cricket Association season the newly formed Yarrabilba Cane Toads would go on to sneak into the finals… only for wet weather to prevent any chance of causing the upset.

The RJR Sports Winter Cricket competition however, seemed to be a completely different Cane Toads outfit winning five-straight games before suffering their first loss to the Helensvale Hawks, who resorted to drafting in several Division One Gold Coast players just to upset the early competition leaders.

Between lockdowns and weather a patchy back half to the season saw the early lead the Yarrabilba Cane Toads had made on the table evaporate and when they faced the Southside Rangers in what eventually became the final round of the Winter Cricket competition, a lacklustre bowling performance saw the Rangers to a big win, and with it top spot on the table.

The Cane Toads would not have an opportunity to reclaim due to the lockdown, and with all Semi Finals matches the Yarrabilba Cane Toads will do battle against the Southside Rangers in a match in which the club’s first graded silverware awaits.

Yarrabilba Cane Toads v Southside Rangers – The History
The two teams have met twice this season, sharing a win a piece with one match washed out.
They first faced each other on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in Round Four of the competition. Despite early wickets in that encounter to the Yarrabilba Cane Toads Twin Tiro still had an easy day with the bat, scoring 86 from 63 deliveries, a knock that included five boundaries and six shots that cleared the boundary.

Imu Tengere opened the batting and found the gaps in the field on his way to 61 from 72, as the Southside Rangers reached 9 for 256 from their allotted 40 overs.

Nick Feros finished with 4 for 79, Patrick Hansen 3 for 38 and Simeon Roberts the other wicket taker with 2 for 29 from four.

After losing Purvis (for two) early in the run chase Patrick Hansen (49) and Justin Noonan (48) looked to put the innings back on track with a 38-run partnership. When Noonan was joined by Wayne Woods (31) the game looked in control, that was until both Noonan and Woods fell within a run from each other.

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads limped home by one wicket with five balls to spare – Matt Bailey with a remarkable knock of 84.

It was a completely different story come the 31st July, or Round 14 of the competition. Feros won the toss and elected to bat first on the small JJ Smith Memorial Oval – where the team has always struggled – and their fortunes weren’t going to change.

Justin Noonan made his return after a long injury layoff and top scored with 70 from 50 deliveries, Matt Bailey made a quickfire 41 from 31 but the Cane Toads truly struggled to gain any momentum eventually limping to 9 for 248 from 35 overs.

AJ Baker was the only bowler to take a wicket, finishing with 1 for 32 from 21 deliveries, as Cameron Prosser scored his second hundred on the trot in the competition finishing with 104 from 81 deliveries. While Imu Tengere once again proved to be troublesome with the bat against the Cane Toads bowlers also finishing unbeaten on 106 from 80 deliveries.

Players to Watch – GF Yarrabilba Cane Toads v Southside Rangers
While the teams are yet to be named there are some danger players on both sides of the fence, who, if having a day where they get the bounce of the ball can easily take the Grand Final match from their opposition.

Cameron Prosser – Southside Rangers
Cameron already showed the Yarrabilba Cane Toads bowlers they will need to step up if they are to get through his power hitting come the finals.

Bringing up a century against Danger Island in Round 12, followed by an unbeaten 104 in the penultimate round of the competition, against his Grand Final opponents, the Cane Toad bowlers are going to have to be on the mark if they are to rattle Prosser and with it the Rangers batting line up.

Imu Tengere – Southside Rangers
Imu Tengere has already proven to be a handful against the Cane Toads. He has dominated the competition between bat and ball both times these two sides have played and the fielding by the Yarrabilba based side will need to be on point if they are to stem the flow of runs that Tengere is possible of – something they MUST do if they are to have any chance of picking up the first piece of graded silverware for the club.

Mitchell Le Prou – Yarrabilba Cane Toads
Mitchell Le Prou is already recognised as a star in the making, being able to step up as a batsmen playing for both this graded side and Last Man Stands Beaudesert side. His natural ability with the bat, and strength in his shots, means if he is on his game come Grand Final an in form Mitch Le Prou can easily break the hearts and spirits of his opponents, just like many before them, and set the Cane Toads up for a shot at victory.

Patrick Hansen – Yarrabilba Cane Toads
Patrick Hansen can usually be found strolling out to the crease near the top of the order for the Cane Toads this winter competition, Hansen has often played a role in setting up the batting innings whether through his scores or partnerships. Hansen is the top run scorer for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads this season with 404 runs.

However, Patrick could hold the key to winning the Cane Toads first graded piece of silverware in his hands. Not only does he open the batting for the Cane Toads but is often their wicket keeper, and sits second on the list for most wickets for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads this season with 14 – just four behind Nick Feros with 18.

2021 RJR SPORTS WINTER CUP
– Division 2 Grand Final –
Saturday 28th August 2021

Southside Rangers v Yarrabilba Cane Toads