Scorcher puts his hand up for premiership
CRICKET: Winning Sunday's KFC State T20 Premiership would mean the world to Scorchers paceman Wade Johnston and he's got the inside scoop on exactly what it's going to take.
Because, if you wind the clock back just 12 months, Johnston was dressed in blue and celebrating a grand final success with Sandgate-Redcliffe.
The 27-year-old quick has been a mainstay of Coast premier grade and 2nd grade cricket for more than a decade.
He's returned to the Scorchers in 2016-17 after a successful stint at the Gators alongside coach Ashley Holznagel and the pair are now in a position to win their second title in two seasons.
Johnston said it wouldn't just mean the world to him, it would be a momentous day for the club.
"The Coast has been in the finals for so many years ... we'll be on top of the world if we can get it done,” Johnston said.
It could've been wrapped up last month, when the Scorchers and Sandgate-Redcliffe first squared up to fight for the title. Rain would interrupt the match when it was in the balance.
"It was a shame because I felt we were in a good position,” Johnston said.
Now, to claim the win, Johnston said a number of hurdles had to be overcome, in particular, Gators captain Corey Barsby.
"He's a fantastic batsman and a good captain. I think we've got to try and get under his skin as a captain even,” Johnston said.
He also named Duncan Allan, Matt Doughan and Lachlan Thompson as danger men.
The Scorchers will first have to get through day one of a two-day clash against the second-placed Wests on Saturday.
"We'll be there in the mix. I'm feeling like we're starting to come together and bowl as a unit,” Johnston said.
As for the batsmen, he's confident they can turn their current two-day woes around.
"Our top order are an amazing bunch of batsmen,” Johnston said.
"We've got confidence in our game. We just have to put it together and find the form.”
Sunday's T20 final is at Trevor Hohns Oval, Deagon, and starts at 9.50am. The match will be live-streamed on the Queensland Premier Cricket Facebook page.