Cane Toads LMS still on the hunt

The Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands side are still on the hunt for their first win in the format despite playing two matches on Sunday at Glenlogan Park in Jimboomba as they helped provide match practice for new team The Odd Bunch over the weekend.

It wasn’t that long ago that the Yarrabilba Cane Toads were searching for players to play in the ever growing and revolutionary short formed cricket format known as Last Man Stands. The Last Man Stands Beaudesert administrators helped the association fill the team as much as possible calling in regular LMS fill ins Craig Whatmore, Stephen Grace and Daniel Muller who have since become full time members for the Cane Toads throughout their inaugural LMS season.

Which is why when a new team entered the Division 2 draw of the ongoing Summer 2020 competition, the Yarrabilba Cane Toads saw their opportunity to give back not only to LMS but to cricket and offered to play a friendly game with The Odd Bunch prior to their afternoon match against No Limits.

Yarrabilba Cane Toads 122 for 7 def by. Odd Bunch 123 for 5
It was the worst possible start for the Cane Toads in their friendly encounter against The Odd Bunch when James Dumbrell (3 for 17) and Jason Hart (2 for six) ripped the heart out of the All Property Group’s Alan Kuss office sponsored Yarrabilba Cane Toads top order.

Callum Whiting (six from 10), Christopher Prothero (zero from two) and Stephen Grace (4 from 6) all departed early to put the Cane Toads on the back foot early in the contest.

Craig Whatmore (19 from 11) kick started the Cane Toads innings, before newcomer Leigh Reading (60 from 48 not out) helped add respectability to the overall score. Late contributions by Justin Taylor (12 from 11) and LMS Skipper Brhendon McCoy (20 from 16) helped the Yarrabilba Cane Toads post a competitive 122 for 7 from their allotted 20 overs.

Bella Innes, who had picked up two wickets though her bowling, opened the batting with James Dumbrell. Falling behind in the required run rate as both openers had difficulties finding runs could feel the pressure as those on the side line called for more runs Stephen Grace struck for the first of three times with Innes departing for 3 from 8.

Dumbrell soon followed his batting partner off the field for 13, before Eayrs also departed for four from 10 to give the Cane Toads LMS side a glimmer of hope that they were on the verge of securing the Yarrabilba Cane Toads Association their first win in any cricket format.

LMS Skipper Brhendon McCoy, playing through the pain of popping his shoulder in and out the previous day during his 1st Grade debut for the club, picked up a wicket on his first ball upon being called into the bowling attack – finishing with one for 7 from his two overs before pulling himself off due to the shoulder, scans later revealing it was in fact dislocated again.

Whatmore picked up one for 17 from his four overs however the big hitting by Luke Boettcher (47 from 24 not out), Carl Haim (27 from 34 not out) and a cameo by Man of the Match Jason Hart (25 from 15) saw The Odd Bunch home by three wickets with three balls to spare.

Yarrabilba Cane Toads 110 for 8 def by. No Limits 113 for 1
A short turn around in between the back-to-back games saw the Yarrabilba Cane Toads take on the power hitting No Limits side in their second match of the day… this time championship points were on the line.

A revamped batting line up didn’t help change the fortunes for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads with their batting line up still facing the issue of losing wickets in clumps.

Whatmore opened the batting and departed for 1 from 2, Leigh Reading who in the first match of the day scored a half century on debut then departed for 9 from 11 while Stephen Grace (0 from 1), Daniel Muller (0 from 3), Yousaf Khan (9 from 7) and Justin Taylor (8 from 5) all fell cheaply during the innings.

Stand in skipper Callum Whiting was eventually the last man out for the Cane Toads for 50 from 51 deliveries, who was supported brilliantly by Christopher Prothero who was bowled for 31 from 21 earlier in the innings as the Cane Toads limped to 110 ALL OUT.

Garry ‘The Finisher’ Singh living up to his name bowling two overs and picking up 3 wickets for two runs while also bowling a rare maiden over, while Nick Young also picked up three scalps for 12 runs across 2.2 overs.

In compounding the loss Christopher Prothero bowled a magnificent over going for just four runs before he was forced to leave the field after dislocating and fracturing his finger while fielding the ball during th eover.

Leigh Reading the only player able to make a breakthrough for the tiring Yarrabilba Cane Toads squad picking up the wicket of Gary Bender for 44 from 31 deliveries with a slow swinging LBW. Keith Ford was forced to retire on 50 from 42 before Nick Young (41 from 11 not out) and Sandro Santo (4 from 2 not out) helped the No Limits side to an easy victory inside 15 overs with seven wickets to spare.

“We have the makings of a really tough team. We have gone through teething problems but we have a good solid team now and the win is not far away.” Injured Cane Toads skipper Brhendon McCoy said following the day.

“It was a tough day, it got hot, we were tired, but we all still dug in to the end. Very proud of the boys.”

The Cane Toads have been given a BYE for the matches on the 8th November, with the team back in action for round 6 against the table topping Test Eagles and James Smith Reserve at Teviot Road in Greenbank on the 15th of November with a 9am start.