Scorchers debutant set to bring grit to batting line-up
CRICKET: Sunshine Coast coach Ashley Holznagel is eager to see Jacob Wilson bring his renowned resolve to the crease this weekend, when he makes his official debut in the Queensland Premier Grade's two-day competition.
The 24-year-old has developed somewhat of a reputation for putting a valuable price on his wicket, with Caboolture in the local competition and then with the Scorchers in second division.
"One of the biggest things with Jake is he's got a very good defence and he likes to occupy the crease so that's a big thing for us," Holznagel said ahead of the clash with Redlands at Buderim.
While he only averages 24 across all formats of the game, a near six-hour century stand to seal a draw against Sandgate Redcliffe in second grade last season is evidence of his fortitude.
Wilson replaces Angus Lovell in the line-up, while the youngster is representing Queensland at the under-19 national championships.
Holznagel said Wilson had a chance to press his claims for more game time later in the season.
"If he gets a significant total he'll definitely get an opportunity," he said.
But that probably wouldn't happen until mid-January, when two-day games resume after a spate of Twenty20 matches.
Wilson has had one unofficial outing in the competition, called into the team to replace an unavailable Josh Matthews for the second day of the Scorchers' last game.
He made 10 runs in the middle order during an unsuccessful first innings run chase. He also played a one-day game for the side last season (3no).
Matthews and Joash Mathys return this weekend, with Dean Elliott dropping back out after he was a mid-game replacement last weekend.
Kobi Griggs will be unavailable for day two of this weekend's contest, to be replaced by Josh Tyson.
The Scorchers are seventh of 12 teams through six of 11 two-dayers while Redlands are second.
Meanwhile, Lovell started the under-19 national championships at Launceston in promising fashion, with an unbeaten 73 against Victoria Country and 46 against Northern Territory.
SCORCHERS: B Mahaffey, J Wilson, A Day (c), K Griggs/J Tyson, P Dein, B Maher, J Matthews, J Mathys, R Smith. J Turnbull, W Johnston.