Its been a long time coming, but finally the Yarrabilba Cane Toads have earned their first win in round eight Last Man Stands Beaudesert action, a seven wicket victory over The Trouble Makers set up by half centuries to openers Daniel Muller and skipper Callum Whiting.
All season to date the under-manned Yarrabilba Cane Toads have shown glimpses of promise in the fastest growing amateur cricket format in the world, Last Man Stands.
Inform Trouble Makers batsmen Phil Walsh was caught for six from four deliveries, before fellow opener Hamish Carroll was run out for nine from 13 deliveries to give the Yarrabilba-based team the upper hand early in the match – the team previously struggling to make breakthroughs against their opponents top order all season to date.
Daniel Montgomery played his part in adding to the score retiring after reaching 50 from 30 deliveries, a strike rate of 166.67 in an innings that included five-boundaries, and was supported by Jason Crosby who remained not out on 36 from 29.
David Sheehan, in just his second match for the Cane Toads LMS side, was again tight with the ball finishing with 1 for 21 from his four overs, while Max Harkin (1 for 27) and Leigh Reading (1 for 30) were the other wicket takers as The Trouble Makers reached 133 for 4 from their allotted 20 overs.
Building on last weekends opening partnership the Cane Toads didn’t mess with what is currently working as Callum Whiting again joined Daniel Muller to open the batting. The pair off to their traditional slow start to see off the opening bowlers running hard between the wickets, and taking every extra run on over as the temperature continued to rise in the center.
At 0/87 from the opening ten overs the Cane Toads were in a good position, but skipper Callum Whiting was soon forced to retire under LMS rules after bringing up his half century, his second in three weeks, off 35 balls at a strike rate of 151.43 – while due to an error with the scoring mid-match fellow opener Daniel Muller is recorded as being not out on 48 from 37 – including four boundaries at a strike rate of 129.73 – despite everyone knowing the Cane Toads stand in skipper for this week – did indeed reach half a century.
Leigh Reading was unfortunately out for a first ball duck, after standing at square leg umpire for almost 15 overs.
The departure of Reading brought David Sheehan to the crease, as he combined with Muller to guide the Yarrabilba Cane Toads home for their first win as an LMS entity by seven wickets. Sheehan declared the player of the match finishing on 33 from 24 not out.