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Cane Toads down Div 1 hopefuls; Earn GF Spot

They finished second on the table, have some of the best Last Man Stands cricket players in the Beaudesert comp and if rumours are to be believed they are eyeing at a step up to Division One for the upcoming season – which is why it came as a surprise that the highly fancied Ump Yours went down to the Yarrabilba Cane Toads in Semi Final action at Malling Oval (Synthetic) on Sunday.

Batting first it seemed the Ump Yours innings never got going against an ever improving Yarrabilba Cane Toads line up, who bowled tightly and fielded well to tighten the clamps and apply the pressure on the more fancied side.

Matt Dingelmann was the first player out for 29 from 23 deliveries when he was caught by Gavin Andrews from a Christopher Prothero (1 for 31) delivery.

Opener Nathan Bennett was forced to retire on 50 from 38 deliveries, an innings that included three boundaries and a six, and Robert Pearce did his best for Ump Yours remaining unbeaten on 33 from 27 deliveries however when Cane Toads skipper Callum Whiting stumped Braithwaite off Sheehan for 20 off 15, followed soon after by Goodison being bowled for a second ball duck from Mitch Le Prou, the batting innings seemed to pitter out with a somewhat competitive 136 for 3.

The run chase got off to a disastrous start for the Cane Toads when Gavin Andrews was out for a first ball duck hitting it straight down the throat of Robert Pearce.

Whiting was joined by Mitch Le Prou, however when Goodison struck for his second wicket of the match picking up the scalp of Le Prou for 19 off eight it was anyone’s game.

David Sheehan joined Callum Whiting with the pair getting the run chase back on track, the Whiley duo of Robert Pearce and Shane Harris would pick up the batsmen respectively with Whiting out for 34 from 26 and Sheehan departing for 37 from 33.

With the game in the balance it was the cool calm collected heads of Daniel Muller (22 from 19) and Christopher Prothero (21 off 11) who secured the winning runs, potentially the sides biggest upset in their short history and set up an afternoon Division 2 Grand Final appearance – where the club who won Spring/Summers Division 3 title will be looking to go back-to-back.

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