The Ray White Marsden Alan Kuss Yarrabilba Cane Toads have moved to the top of the Jimboomba Times Division 2 Last Man Stands Winter Competition following their second Bonus Point victory in as many weeks – moving the sides current momentum to four wins in a row.
Fielding first the Cane Toads were quick around the field, with everyone pulling their weight as they backed up some tight bowling from the Yarrabilba-sides bowling attack.
Matthew Swinson had made his way to 10 from 12-balls for the Bats Both Ends side before he was caught by Cane Toads skipper Callum Whiting off the bowling of Mitch Le Prou. It was not long before last seasons leading wicket taker Gavin Andrews, playing in his first game of the winter competition, picked up where he left off – taking the scalp of Mark Lawson for 13 from 12, an innings that included one side, who he dismissed caught and bowled.
Daniel Montgomery combined with opening batsman Daniel Nolan to eventually get the stuttering scoreboard moving along however when Nolan, bowled by Justin Taylor for 31 from 33, and Montgomery, run out by Gavin Andrews for 24 from 21, both departed the Bats Both Ways side limped to 101 for 6 from their 20 overs.
David Sheehan went wicketless across his three overs, however, set up the innings by going for just 3.67 runs per over – or 11 runs for those who didn’t want to do the maths.
Justin Taylor bowled two overs, taking one for 13. Whatmore went for 21 from his four overs, Gavin Andrews (one for 27), Alex Richards (one for 14) and two for 14 off four overs from Mitchell Le Prou helped restrict their opponents with Whiting and Whatmore opening the batting for the Cane Toads.
Needing 102 runs from 100 deliveries the Cane Toads batting line up knew that nothing silly was required, with the opening pair seemingly cruising at over a run a ball as they ran well between the wickets. The introduction of Phil Walsh into the attack for the Bats Both Ways side had a horror affect with Whatmore blasting three sixes and three fours before eventually becoming the first Cane Toads player dismissed caught by Barrett of Walsh for 43 from 18 deliveries – an impressive strike rate of 238.89.
Summer Semi Final hero Stephen Grace made a brief cameo in the middle blasting a four off his first ball before being dismissed when he was caught by Nolan to be Walsh’ second victim of the match.
Despite losing skipper Callum Whiting (20 from 23) the match was effectively put beyond doubt with the arrival of Mitch Le Prou who blasted 22 runs from just nine deliveries, a strike rate of 244.44 helped by the two sixes and one four he struck.
Sheehan (four from four not out) and Alex Richards (four from one not out) helped see the Yarrabilba Cane Toads to a comfortable victory, reaching 104 for 5 wickets in the 12th over, earning the side a bonus point for the second week on the trot for chasing down the runs inside 79 deliveries.
The three wicket victory puts the Yarrabilba Cane Toads on top of the Division 2 ladder on Net Run Rate. Both the Yarrabilba Cane Toads and Now or Never B remain the only unbeaten teams in this early stage of the competition with both picking up bonus point wins to both sit on 20 points.
It is the fourth win in a row for the Cane Toads, who started their inaugural season in the LMS Beaudesert competition with an 0-9 start, dating back to the Division Three Semi Finals and Finals.