Sunshine Coast Scorchers player Angus Lovell. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Scorchers player Angus Lovell. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Scorchers hope to maintain momentum

CRICKET: While they've barely played over the past two weeks, coach Ashley Holznagel is hopeful the Scorchers can maintain their momentum on the state stage.

Wet weather forced the Scorchers' Round 5 clash against Western Suburbs into a draw on the weekend, with just two overs played before the game was called off.

Rain last week had already reduced the two-day fixture into a one-day battle, with players unable to take advantage of their first two-dayer on home turf.

"It's just one of those things, I think last year the corresponding game was washed out completely as well," coach Holznagel said.

"There's not much you can do about it when the weather turns up like that."

The Scorchers had entered the game on the back of some strong performances, winning their final one-day match against Wynnum-Manly before charging to a strong first innings win by 59 runs over Sandgate-Redcliffe in their opening two-day fixture.

Holznagel said it was disappointing not to be able to keep the ball rolling over the past two weeks, but remained optimistic for their looming clash with Gold Coast.

"We played outstanding cricket against Sandgate and so our challenge next week will be Gold Coast down at Gold Coast and for the boys to step up and put their best foot forward for that game," he said.

"Goldy is always a good contest for us and we always enjoy it, it's sort of like the battle of the Coasts and they've got an old stager in Chris Swan coaching them down there now and he's a legend in Queensland cricket.

"It's very exciting for our blokes to play against a really strong side.

"They've probably got three or four Bulls players so that's always a decent challenge."

Holznagel was hopeful the Scorchers could maintain their recent form despite not getting in much play over the past fortnight.

"We've been training well," he said. "Throughout any season in grade cricket there's always going to be rain or for whatever reason players are in and out and there's always little challenges there so it's the teams at the end of the year that cope with them best that end up playing finals and winning competitions.

"We're pretty good (injury-wise) - we had a good pre-season so all the boys are ready to go and get into it."

They'll have the services of big hitter Nick Selman for the battle against Gold Coast with all-rounder Blake Maher back bowling too.



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