Women's scorchers players Mikayla Wrigley, Hanae Fearon and Clodagh Ryall are hunting for their first win of the season. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Women's scorchers players Mikayla Wrigley, Hanae Fearon and Clodagh Ryall are hunting for their first win of the season. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Scorchers close in on breakthrough triumph

Coach Ashley Renouf says it’s only a matter of time before the Scorchers can earn a breakthrough triumph in the state’s premier grade cricket competition.

The Coast women are yet to win a game after five outings in their first Katherine Raymont Shield season.

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But, they’ve come close, tying with Wynnum-Manly/Redlands in a one-day battle in Round 2 and falling just six runs shy of Ipswich’s total in a Twenty20 at the weekend.

They’ll face Wynnum-Manly/Redlands, who are situated in similar position, again this weekend.

“I reckon they should (already) have their first win, they should’ve beaten Ipswich on the weekend but it wasn’t to be,” Renouf said.

“But, they should be well in the mix of having their first win this weekend, which will be good.”

Women’s Scorchers player Mikayla Wrigley, U-Haul national sales manager Wayne Miller, Hanae Fearon, Ash Renouf and Clodagh Ryall celebrate a new sponsorship deal. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Women’s Scorchers player Mikayla Wrigley, U-Haul national sales manager Wayne Miller, Hanae Fearon, Ash Renouf and Clodagh Ryall celebrate a new sponsorship deal. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Renouf said the women continued to develop and grow.

“They’re all progressing well and it definitely shows when you play against contracted players, but as a young group they’re improving every week and their game sense is getting better and better,” he said.

“That’s all we’re trying to do is get better every week and they are so the wins will come.

“They’ve improved out of sight with bowling with less extras now and they’ve improved from last season so we just want them to keep playing attacking cricket and put it to the contracted players.”

They’ll also take on Valley this weekend, with both games on Sunday at Moreton Bay Sports and Recreation Club.

In the bowling ranks, Zoe Valencic has been a standout so far, snaring three wickets from three outings including a 4-43, 2-20 and 0-27.

Meanwhile, in the batting, Emma Mccord has been solid with a total of 93 runs so far this season.

The women have also received a boost off the field recently as well, with U-Haul Australia jumping on board as new sponsors.

The Scorchers men will take on South Brisbane in a two-day clash away on Saturday.

They enter the match on the back of a loss in their opening two-day clash with Sandgate – Redcliffe.



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