The Ray White Marsden Alan Kuss Group backed Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands side have earned a massive, and much needed, bonus point victory over the Lickers in LMS Beaudesert Jimboomba Times Division 2 weekend on Sunday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first the Lickers openers Phil Myors and Aaron Kelly were restricted early by the Cane Toads with tight bowling first up by Evan Gudge and Leigh Reading restricted the Lickers to just 16 runs from the first three overs.
Some well timed cricket shots, and luck in finding the boundaries soon had the Lickers back in the match before skipper Callum Whiting introduced Christopher ‘Crispy’ Prothero into the attack with the medium pacer immediately making a difference with two quick wickets in one over seeing Myors (24 off 14) caught by Gudge before bowling Kelly for 18 from 21.
The double strike in the over wrestled back the momentum for the Cane Toads, who had fielded well adding to the scoreboard pressure the Lickers were feeling.
Gavin Andrews then chipped in with two quick wickets, with both Griffiths and Hayes bowled for one, in what seemed to have taken the winds out of the Lickers innings with the side four wickets down and still struggling to find runs while running out of batsmen quickly.
What could have been a controversial moment turned into a moment of good sportsmanship, typical in the Last Man Stands format in particular, when Riley Baldwin called through for a run from a delivery that had slipped past Cane Toads wicket keeper Callum Whiting only for the skipper to set chase after the ball.
Whiting picked up and threw at the stumps, a move that even the great Adam Gilchrist would’ve stood to applaud, with the ball smashing into the wickets and the bails flying high. The Cane Toads celebrated, but the dismissal was missed by the square leg umpire, after much confusion – to his credit Baldwin – who was on seven from seven at the time and looking solid – said that he would’ve given himself out before walking dismissed run out by Whiting, the skippers second such run out in as many matches.
Josh Pope then lasted just one ball, becoming Prothero’s third wicket for the match when he was caught behind by Whiting.
A late cameo by Garth Baldwin (11 from 13) helped lift the score but when he was bowled by Keith Ford – Benson Trembath became the Last Man Standing – the entire premise of the game meaning if he wanted runs he either had to find or clear the boundary – or run two.
The Cane Toads however were unable to take the final wicket however with Trembath teeing off like he was at the Golf Masters at Royal Augusta on the loose balls to remain not out on 72 from 42 deliveries – including six boundaries and two sixes – as he lifted his side to a competitive 136 for 7 from their 20 overs.
Christopher Prothero finishing with 3 for 17 from his four overs (economy rate 4.25), while Gavin Andrews finished with 2 for 23 from his four, which included one maiden. Keith Ford the only other wicket taker with one for seven from his only over.
In what could’ve been a competitve total the Yarrabilba Cane Toads batsmen looked to be at ease in their run chase, with openers Callum Whiting and Gavin Andrews at one point having their side well above the required run rate – going at almost 10 an over for the first eight overs – to bring the bonus point victory into contention for the side if they were able to score the winning runs inside 16 overs.
Andrews was retired, as per the LMS rules, upon reaching his half century, finishing on 53 from 31 – including four boundaries, and it wasn’t long before Whiting brought up his second half century in as many weeks for the Cane Toads retiring on 50 from 32 deliveries including one six.
Daniel Muller and Christopher Prothero looked to have the job done with their vital partnership, only for Muller to be dismissed with one run needed and two balls remaining for the bonus point victory. Muller the only Cane Toads wicket to fall when he was caught and bowled by Garth Baldwin for 25 from 18.
Leigh Reading, knowing the job required, hit the winning runs on the last ball of the 15th over to secure the bonus point victory for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads.
Reading not out on a run a ball one, while Prothero remained unbeaten on six from eight. The Cane Toads finishing on 137 for 1 – a 7 run victory.
Gavin Andrews was the player of the match thanks to his 53 from 31, and 2 for 23.
The win keeps the Ray White Marsden Alan Kuss Sales Group backed Cane Toads in fourth position on the standings while it also lifts them to a GLOBAL Last Man Stands ranking of 1675 out of 10 214 teams around the world.