Openers primed to lift Scorchers towards Qld Twenty20 finals
CRICKET: Alecz Day is optimistic his combination with Angus Lovell at the top of the order can lay a platform for the Sunshine Coast’s tilt at Queensland Twenty20 finals.
The duo have shown promise during the first three rounds of the short format series in the state premier grade, with partnerships of 102, 33 and 10.
The Scorchers won those games to be well placed in the competition, ahead of a clash against Ipswich/Logan on the road on Saturday.
“Gus and I are getting a chance to open the batting together, which is good. We complement each other quite well,” Day said.
Lovell, 20, is in the midst of a strong season across all formats while Day, 29, has been a force in the state premier grade for the past few seasons.
“He’s probably a younger version of me and has a lot of potential going forward,” Day said.
“He’s a big, tall lad and plays most shots. He runs hard between the wickets, he’s fit and when he plays his best, he’s really hard to tie down.”
Lovell became the youngest debutant in Scorchers history (16 years, 35 days), in 2005 and is evolving, according to Day.
“Playing junior cricket, we’d seen he’d been able to take on bowlers.
“It’s just that ability to get that confidence and build his way into the first grade and potentially higher level cricketer that we know he can be.”
Lovell’s coming off the back of an unbeaten 49-run knock against Sandgate Redcliffe on Sunday, when he carried his bat.
The Scorchers’ clash with Ipswich/Logan will be their last before the Christmas break.
They will resume with another Twenty20 match against University of Queensland at Buderim on January 4.