Scorchers beaten twice
Weekend’s games don’t go to plan
CRICKET: The Sunshine Coast’s eye-catching start to the season was brought to an abrupt end during the weekend with successive losses but captain Alecz Day believes the side showed plenty of promise.
The Scorchers won their opening two one-dayers, surprising some pundits because of the departure of key personnel during the off-season.
But they lost to Toombul by three wickets at Buderim on Saturday and then to Wests at Graceville by 47 runs yesterday.
“It’s disappointing (to lose) but there were a lot of positive signs,” Day said.
“(Ashley) Poole bowled really well for his second (Queensland) first grade game, Tommy Olsen was as good with the new ball as I’ve seen him, like outstanding.”
Against Toombul, they made 200, thanks largely to Kobi Grigg’s 95-run knock, before the target was overhauled with five balls to spare.
Wade Johnston took the prized scalp of Australian batsman Matthew Renshaw for 7.
Against Wests, they conceded 8/256 before struggling to 209 in reply.
“I think it was our senior blokes who probably let us down through the middle-order batting, losing too many wickets in a clump, and with the ball (by not) backing up the younger guys,” Day said.
“Wadey did really well and had some tough overs to bowl but he’ll probably look back at his figures and be slightly disappointed. There’s room to improve.”
The weekend brought an end to Leo Carter’s expected short stint with the side. The first class player is returning to New Zealand. Brendan Mahaffey is set to return to the top of the order after missing the past two games because of commitments.
GETTING TO GRIPS: Jared Sippel is adjusting to state premier grade.