Scorchers one game away from grand final
CRICKET: It's not only farmers and lawn enthusiasts which would benefit from a solid downpour on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, with the Scorchers seconds needing only a draw to secure a home grand final next week.
A dream summer in 2016/17 after finishing second-last the previous season has the reserve grade side in prime position to claim the Allan Pettigrew Shield.
Today (10am) signals day one of its two-day clash with Norths at John Blanck Oval. The winner will play the victor of a clash between Wests and Uni.
Sunshine Coast Cricket Association president Mark Hall confirmed a rain-affected draw would be enough for the Scorchers to progress, but is hopeful for a good weekend of cricket.
He said the results of the second graders would only boost the Scorchers' first-grade prospects in the future.
"If you have your second grade side having strong performances it lifts everyone's performances and makes them accountable,” he said.
Hall highlighted bowler Michael Goodluck as one of the key men in the seconds side, but said an even contribution across the board was key.
"I guess you don't end up atop the ladder without good even contribution from each player,” he said.
Hall said the season had been a strong one for cricket on the Coast, with junior numbers strong again and senior numbers stable.
"The biggest change has been the rise of female cricket,” he said.
"We increased our junior girls participation from 20 to 80 this year. It's a significant increase and we expect it to continue, with a fully operational junior girls competition likely next season.”