Cane Toads flattened in Thriller

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands side have come within a whisker of securing the associations first win of the season, going down in a nail-bitter to Jimby Crickets with two-balls to spare in LMS Beaudesert action at Glenlogan Park in Jimboomba.

Winning the toss for the second week in the row Cane Toads skipper Brhendon McCoy elected to bat first, despite once again having just six players due to illness.

Craig Whatmore and Callum Whiting opened the batting with the pair quickly becoming accustomed to the Glenlogan Park Oval and the runs began ticking for the Yarrabilba-based side. Unfortunately the opening partnership was broken when Whiting (24 from 13) was bowled by Matthew Swinson.

Christopher Prothero joined Whatmore at the crease with the pair seemingly picking up where Whiting left off as they continued to push the fielders with some brisk running between the wickets. Prothero (20 from 18) was stumped and when McCoy (5 from 4) and Stephen Grace (5 from 4) both departed it seemed as though the spirit and lack of players was going to come back to haunt the Cane Toads.

Daniel Muller (14 from 15) provided fantastic support for Whatmore who brought up the associations first century in any form of cricket reaching 112 from 57 deliveries before being the Last Man out with the Cane Toads posting 180 for 6.

With gaps in the field, and the sun beating down the Yarrabilba Cane Toads players did there utmost best to stay in the contest as first Phil Walsh (50 from 26) and then Dave Harvey (52 from 25) were both forced to retire. The Cane Toads only able to pick up the one wicket – that of Gavin Madusara who was bowled by Muller (1-36) for 26 from 21 deliveries.

The Cane Toads however rallied in the field and took the game to the last over before Jimby Crickets scored the winning runs with two-balls remaining.

Next week the Cane Toads will be back in action at Glenlogan Park on Sunday against The Trouble Makers at 2pm.