Matthews buoyed with efforts in premier grade
CRICKET: He was a bright spark in what was a dark outing for the Scorchers and now Josh Matthews is determined to continue the trend.
In a match which had the Coast all out for 69, which included four ducks, Matthews managed to top score for his side last weekend.
It's a feat made even more remarkable by the fact he achieved it on his debut in the Queensland premier grade competition.
Buoyed by his efforts, the 18-year-old is keen to further prove his worth during the Scorchers' second innings against Valley today.
"It did give me a bit of confidence,” he said.
"I guess just starting to believe that you're good enough to play at the next level and hopefully I can keep doing it.”
The Coast face a tough task, needing to remain at the crease when play resumes to prevent an outright loss.
It's something Matthews believed the Scorchers could achieve.
"I think we are very confident and we know we've got the ability,” he said.
"Angus (Lovell) and Brendan Mahaffey batted really well at the end of last week and looked really comfortable so hopefully we can keep going.”
Matthews is set to make his second appearance on Saturday, but hoped to make it a more regular occurrence.
"I've just got to make more runs and hopefully make a few big scores and keep being consistent,” he said.
"It's always about looking to improve and just hopefully start winning some games for the Scorchers to cement myself in the top grade.”
Matthews admitted he never expected to make first grade "so soon” but looked to make the most of it.
"I love it,” he said.
"It's really good fun and it's a different intensity.”
The Scorchers go into the second innings on Saturday trailing Valley by 139 runs.
Openers Mahaffey (5) and Lovell (21) will look to build a solid partnership and continue the Coast's run chase at Peter Easton Oval.