Photograph Callum Whiting early 2021. Photograph supplied by ByTy Photography.

The Ray White Marsden backed Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands side have started the 2021 Winter-LMS Season in the same way they finished the 2020/2021 Summer season – a resounding victory. This time the victory coming over long time bogey side No Limits.

Malling Street Oval was the host of the round one fixture between the Cane Toads and the No Limits side as Callum Whiting won the toss for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads and elected to field first.

A relatively settled Cane Toads bowling line up immediately put the No Limits side on the backfoot with Keith Ford dismissed early – nine from seven deliveries – as a disciplined fielding performance tightened the screws for the usual free flow-scoring nature of the No Limits side.

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Gary Bender struggled to get bat on ball before he was finally put out of his misery caught for nine from 13, Sandro Santo was keeping his team in the hunt getting the scoreboard ticking over with 20 from 22 but when the Cane Toads picked up a ‘Double Play‘ it was evident that No Limits were struggling.

Some tight bowling by Alex Richards (3 overs, 1 wicket for 11 runs), and Jake Coxall (one wicket for 15 runs from four overs) added to a wicket maiden by Rhys Coxall (1 wicket, for 11 runs and one maiden from four overs) helped tighten the screws as David Sheehan returned to finish the job for the Cane Toads taking three wickets for ten runs from just 3.3 overs to help bowl No Limits out for 77.

While spirits were high with the performance, in which no player from the No Limits side hit a boundary, the players knew they had been in a winning position before against their opponents only to let the opportunity slip.

Alex Richards opened the batting with skipper Callum Whiting, Richards out on the first ball he faced, while the Cane Toads skipper couldn’t continue his consistent scoring run being dismissed for five from six deliveries.

David Sheehan continued his man of the match performance with the bat as he was joined by Stephen Grace (17 from 12) and Christopher Prothero (15 from eight, two boundaries) to bring the Cane Toads to within striking distance.

By the time Brendon McCoy joined Sheehan at the middle the result had been all but secured, the challenge was on in the hunt to secure a batting bonus point by reaching the score within a calculated time.

McCoy finished not out on eight from nine (including one boundary) as David Sheehan hit his second-boundary (to go with the only six of the match) to secure the bonus point win for the Cane Toads who reached four for 79 in just the 12th over.

Sheehan was the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 31 from 25, and 3 for 10 in what was a remarkable display. REMARKABLE!

The win is the third on the trot for the Cane Toads dating back to the 2020/2021 LMS Beaudesert Summer seasons final series.

Although being early days and against 11 other teams in their division the Cane Toads sit second on the Jimboomba Times Div 2 Ladder with Now or Never B the only other side to score top points (10) from the opening round.

The Side is back in action on Sunday 18th April again at Malling Oval, they will face Bats Both Ends who also had an opening weekend win defeating the Lion Rangers by five wickets.

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