While Yarrabilba’s very own Cane Toads LMS side still hunts for their first win of the season, the team left the field following a seven-wicket loss to the Jimby Crickets in Sunday LMS Beaudesert action remaining in high spirits.
The Yarrabilba Cricket Association the day before had experienced a high when their 1st Grade side won the associations first match in any format, and looked to replicate the feeling against the finals heading Jimby Crickets.
Yarrabilba Cane Toads skipper Callum Whiting won the toss and elected to bat first, electing to open with himself and Daniel Muller. Together they reached a 50 partnership before Muller’s hard work had been brought undone in the hot conditions when he was bowled for 44 from 37 – and innings that included just one boundary.
Skipper Whiting was joined by association President Brhendon McCoy with the pair toiling away in the hot sun, Whiting falling just short of his second half century of the season dismissed by Barrett for 45 from 41.
Stephen Grace came and departed for two from three balls, before David Sheehan made his Yarrabilba Cane Toads debut hitting three fours on his way to an unbeaten 17 from nine-deliveries, with McCoy the other remaining not out batsmen with 20 from 22 as the Yarrabilba Cane Toads reached 132 for 3 from their allotted 20 overs.
Kevan Barrett finishing with 2 for 11 from his four overs, while Dave Harvey picked up one for 10 from his two overs. Considering a number of batting collapses in their opening rounds avoiding being bowled out was a big personal achievement.
David Sheehan opened the bowling for the Cane Toads and delivered a spell of blistering bowling, not bad for a man playing his first match in two-decades, that gave the batsmen early trouble however as the heat began to take its toll, the Cane Toads struggled again with the ball after finding it difficult to make the breakthrough needed as Ben Casey (50 from 29) and Phil Walsh (54 from 30) were both forced to retire under LMS rules.
Mark Lawson was bowled by Ricky Fisher (1-18 from 3 overs) however the Cane Toads were never in the hunt with Matthew Swinson (17 from 16) and Jason Crosby (7 from 11) were the not out batsmen when Jimby Crickets scored the winning runs in the 17th over.
Despite another loss to their record the Yarrabilba Cane Toads LMS side were encouraged by their performance and continue to work hard to secure their first, of what will no doubt be many, wins in the coming weeks.
LMS Beaudesert – due to the scheduled heat have moved the Yarrabilba Cane Toads next match to 10:15 to try and avoid exposing players to be in similar heat this coming weekend with the match at Glenlogan Park in Jimboomba.
Not all was doom and gloom for the LMS side however, with players encouraged to sign the Alan Kuss shirt. With Yarrabilba’s Number One rated Real Estate Agent being the exclusive LMS sponsor the players have been eager for the moment came – with a few remaining players to sign before a presentation of the shirt to Alan Kuss.
It was also announced that the Association are currently talking to LMS Global and their design team to have a 100% custom Last Man Stands shirt designed for the Yarrabilba Cane Toads in which it is expected that within the first few weeks of the Cane Toads returning to the field following the upcoming Christmas break they’d be doing so in their new look.