Scorchers seal a semi-final berth
CRICKET: The Sunshine Coast Scorchers have sealed another semi-final berth in the state’s Twenty20 format and coach Ashley Holznagel says they’re hungry to continue the charge to silverware.
The Scorchers comfortably accounted for University of Queensland on Saturday and, although falling in a tightly contested battle with Western Suburbs yesterday afternoon, earned a place in the four-team finals.
While they won five of their six regular season matches, the hotly contested ladder had the Scorchers guessing right up until the game’s end yesterday.
“It was right down to the last game whether we got through,” Holznagel said.,
“It got quite interesting towards the end but what was good is we’ve played six games and won five — you couldn’t ask any more of the guys.”
The Scorchers have typically been a force in the state’s T20 format, but are yet to claim silverware.
With a spot in the semi-final secured, Holznagel said they were more than eager to get on with the job and chase a maiden T20 title.
“They're hungry,” he said.
“They know what they want to do (and) now it’s going to come down to hard work, execution, clear plans and enjoying the great game of T20.
“At the end of the day we get to fight another one and we’re looking forward to a semi-final.”
The Scorchers entered the weekend undefeated and toppled fellow competition force UQ comfortably on Saturday.
They bashed their way to 3/182 courtesy of solid knocks from Alecz Day (47), Nick Selman (68) and Angus Lovell (37) before restricting UQ to 158 in the chase in 18.2 overs. Kobi Griggs (4-38) and Ashley Renouf (3-13) were standouts with the ball.
They were on track to complete the season with six straight wins but were pulled up short during a tough battle with Western Suburbs yesterday.
Scorchers hit 4/160 before Wests battled their way to 6/161 with just five balls remaining in the match.
“There’s a few little things we need to improve on but we know we can improve them so that’s exciting for the club,” Holznagel said.