Epic effort by Day helps maintain Scorchers’ unbeaten T20 dominance
CRICKET: Scorchers coach Ashley Holznagel has lauded an incredible season best effort by Alecz Day and says his charges are hungry to maintain their Twenty20 dominance in the new year.
The Scorchers remained undefeated in the shorter format as they entered the festive break after a solid 29-run victory over Ipswich Logan on Saturday.
The triumph in the state’s premier grade was driven by an epic 101 innings by Alecz Day.
He smashed his way to the total in just 51 balls faced, hitting seven fours and eight sixes.
“Alecz Day’s innings was something pretty special and his 100 really set the day up,” Holznagel said.
“He just batted well, played incredibly good cricket shots and really put us on the front foot straight away and it was obviously tough for them (Ipswich) to come back from that.
“That would be our first 100 in any form of cricket for the club this season.”
Thanks to Day, the Scorchers managed to finish the innings with a total of 5/193.
Day continued his efforts with ball snaring 2-36 with Kobi Griggs claiming 2-32.
Josh Tyson, Sam Gardiner and Ashley Renouf all claimed wickets as well to see Ipswich finish their chase 29 runs short at 9/164.
“The seconds had a win as well so it was just a good day for the club with both ones and twos winning to finish it off for Christmas,” Holznagel said.
The Scorchers have now won all four of their T20 games.
“I’ve felt we’ve played good cricket in those games and when we’ve had a poor over or whatever we’ve bounced back quite quickly. If we’ve lost wickets we’ve found a way to get a partnership going again.
“So, it’s really good.”
The Scorchers have typically been a strong force in the format, but are yet to earn T20 silverware.
“We want to go one better this year and we want to win it,” Holznagel said.
“I think there is a hunger there in the group and after Christmas that’s our challenge.”