Sunshine Coast Scorchers opening batsman Alecz Day in action last season. He played his first game of the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday against Northern Suburbs.
Sunshine Coast Scorchers opening batsman Alecz Day in action last season. He played his first game of the 2019-20 campaign on Saturday against Northern Suburbs.

Scorchers cop another tough loss

CRICKET: The Scorchers may have copped another tough defeat but coach Ashley Holznagel holds out hope for the journey ahead and even the possibility of making a one-day finals appearance.

The Sunshine Coast outfit suffered a seven-wicket loss at the hands of hosts Northern Suburbs on Saturday in their second fixture of the Queensland Premier Grade.

Despite a mighty knock of 99 by Blake Maher the Scorchers struggled to make an imposing target for their opponents, finishing their innings at 9/222.

Queensland Bulls talent Joe Burns got the chase off to a strong start by hitting 43 with knocks from Tom Healy (72) and Nathan McSweeney (62) helping Norths make light work of the target, reaching the total with 12 overs to spare.

“It was a tough day at the office but we had patches of the game where we played some pretty good cricket,” Holznagel said.

“Blake Maher’s 99 was an outstanding contribution to the team and we probably didn’t kick on there at the end of the innings with the bat.

“They’re getting starts and all the rest of it but we’ve just got to, when we’re on top in a session, really kick on.”

Alecz Day made his return to the squad after missing the season-opener due to hockey commitments.

He made nine runs with the bat and 1-43 with the ball.

While they remained winless after the opening two rounds, Holznagel was hopeful the Scorchers could snap into some form against Wynnum-Manly next weekend in a bid to snare a place in the one-day quarterfinals.

The Scorchers currently sit last of 12 with the top eight making the quarters after next week’s round.

“We can still sneak through with one win, it’ll come down to net run rates,” he said.

“Last year we snuck through to the quarterfinals with one win.

“We’re more than capable (of making finals) – It’s just getting that belief and confidence and once that clicks in I think we’ll play some pretty good cricket.”

He praised Maher’s efforts on Saturday and urged others in the batting order to dig in and chase big totals next week.

“99 off 98 balls is an exceptional innings playing against a good attack, he’s (Maher) a quality player,” Holznagel said.

“He got 49 (in the first round) and now 99 - It’d be great to see one of the batting group crack through and get a 100 because 100s dominate games.

“So, that’s our challenge next week.”



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