The Absolute Physio & Rehab Yarrabilba Cane Toads have made it two-from-two to begin the 2021 RJR Sports Winter Cricket Cup following a five-wicket win against Greenbank at Malling Oval on Saturday, experienced campaigner Wayne Woods taking 1 for 32 with the ball before backing up his performance with the bat to finish unbeaten on 51.

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first the Cane Toads struggled early with the ball, as Sarbjeet Singh and Umar Shah opened for Greenbank. Preventing the score from rapidly increasing was some dedicated fielding and tremendous efforts in the field despite the frustration of the batsmen being able to place the ball just wide or just over the Cane Toads fielders.

Both batsmen were given a life by the square leg umpire when first a run out appeal, followed soon after by a stumping shout, were both controversially turned down.

The partnership was finally brought undone when with the batting side on 82 Hansen had Umar Shah caught by Wayne Woods for 27. His opening partner Sarbjeet Singh soon joined him when Cane Toads skipper Nick Feros brought himself into the attack and had tempted the batsmen into taking him on only to be caught in the deep by a returning Zac Donnolan, Singhs’ innings of 43 coming to an end as Greenbank slipped to 2 for 87.

Simeon Roberts in action

Despite bowling a total of 28 wides, primarily from balls travelling down the leg side, the Cane Toads continued to make in roads. Hayden McAvoy finished with 2 for 47 from his eight overs with both scalps being important strikes first Saif Ali for 21, before later taking the scalp of Shalim Biju who had convincingly made his way to 30.

Feros himself finished with 3 for 28 from his eight overs before turning to Simeon Roberts and Carl Purvis to clean up the tail. Roberts finishing with 2 for 24 from five overs, while for Purvis with his blistering speed and pin point targeting picked up one for seven with a ball that almost ripped the stump in two to finish the Greenbank innings on 208.

After clinching the final wicket it wasn’t long before Purvis was back in the middle of Malling Park opening the batting alongside Justin Noonan as the Yarrabilba Cane Toads set their sights on the 209 target they had been set.

Rotating the strike and running hard between the wickets soon had the run chase underway, before an inswing delivery from Justin Oliver saw the stumps of Purvis decimated and the opening batsman on his way back for six.

Feeling disappointment from his performance last weekend Jamie Braithwaite showed his brute power and timing, including a crowd pleasing cover drive for six, as he scored 22 of the partnerships 34 runs before his innings was cut short when the left hander was trapped in front by Samson Masih.

Matt Bailey combined with Justin Noonan as the Cane Toads reached the McDonalds Yarrabilba Drinks Break at 2 for 98.

The drinks break however looked to break the concentration of Bailey who was caught by Biju off Chaudary Mannan bringing to an end his innings of 25, the wicket however parked a mini collapse with Zac Donnolan stumped for three, before Hansen was caught by Shah for a duck to be Mannan’s second wicket of the match as the Cane Toads slumped from two for 98 to five for 115.

Experienced campaigner Wayne Woods joined Justin Noonan at the crease bringing his calm batting demeanour with him, the pair partnering in a 95-run stand to see the Yarrabilba Cane Toads home with 27 balls remaining.

Wayne Woods finished uneaten on 51, while Justin Noonan scored an unbeaten 63 as he carried his bat and brought up his second half century in as many matches.

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads return to action next Saturday at Malling Park from 10:30am against Danger Island as they look to make it three-wins in a row to start the 2021 winter season.

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