Scorchers beaten twice

Week­end’s games don’t go to plan

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT - Steele Tay­lor steele.tay­lor@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

GET­TING TO GRIPS: Jared Sip­pel is ad­just­ing to state pre­mier grade.

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