Whiting notches batting milestone

Twelve months ago Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands skipper Callum Whiting had never even heard of the game of Last Man Stands Cricket.

Making his debut in the format in the Yarrabilba Cane Toads first ever match in the local Beaudesert competition against the Test Eagles at Newstead Park on 11 October 2020. At that point, in the heavy loss to the Test Eagles, it seemed a far thought for any player about any milestones.

In less than a year Callum Whiting, truck driver by night, has been appointed as the captain of the Yarrabilba Cane Toads Last Man Stands side – which still proudly carries the backing of Alan Kuss and the team at Ray White AKG – and has guided the side to three straight finals appearances.

Starting with the annual LMS Beaudesert T10 tournament, under the guidance of Whiting the Cane Toads qualified for the Plate Final – falling agonisingly short on the last ball of the match.

The Cane Toads then qualified for the Division 3 finals series taking out the Grand Final over the Window Lickers, and following Sunday’s recent victory against the The Trouble Makers in an elimination final the side has now qualified for the Grand Final play-off this upcoming Sunday at Malling Street Oval at 9am.

If the Cane Toads are looking to add to their silverware, currently the only piece in the Yarrabilba Cricket Association trophy cabinet, the side will be heavily relying on their skipper who despite only scoring 14 from 15 deliveries in the Elimination Final reached 1000 Last Man Stands runs.

Whiting, who has spearheaded the Cane Toads LMS batting for the past season has filled in for many teams who have found themselves short of players, sometimes playing up to three games in any one Sunday.

Why?

His love for the game.

With a highest score of 55 not out, Callum averages 24.72 with the bat across all of 47 innings with a strike rate of 115. To date he has scored six half centuries and as a young buck with plenty still to give there will be plenty more added to that tally.

Currently ranked the 2674th batter in Australia it was fitting that in the Elimination Final Whiting again pulled the pads on to take on the opening bowlers of The Trouble Makers to navigate the early difficulties, once he passed 11-runs in his innings the six-or-so-strong crowd erupted into cheers as the Cane Toads skipper passed 1000 runs in Last Man Stands Cricket.

The Yarrabilba Cricket Association would like to thank Callum for his contributions and input to the team so far, and wish him all the best as future milestones are sure to approach.

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