Scorchers urged to show more grit after outright loss
CRICKET: The Scorchers will need to "knuckle down” at the crease if they are to bounce back from a crushing defeat according to a team veteran.
The Coast suffered an outright loss to Valley on Saturday after failing to make inroads with the bat.
Despite a solid effort from Peter Dein (78), the Scorchers were bowled out for 198, which gifted Valley the opportunity to return to the crease and bat for an outright victory chasing only 33 runs.
Valley achieved the target easily in seven overs to claim maximum points from the clash.
Dein, who has been playing in the state's first grade since 2006, said it had been a "pretty tough day”.
"I'd much rather get a duck than have the boys lose outright,” he said.
"Overall it's just two pretty poor batting performances we've put in back-to-back.”
He said the Scorchers couldn't get a handle on the pitch at Peter Easton Oval.
"I think the batters probably didn't apply themselves as well as we can and we didn't acclimatise to the pitch conditions,” he said. "We just didn't adapt to those conditions and hopefully we'll learn from that and improve for the rest of the season.”
One of few positives from the defeat was the debut of Josh Matthews.
"He batted really well and we knew it but hopefully he showed himself that he's capable at this level and is able to perform,” Dein said.
"Things will only get better for him.”
The Coast is currently unbeaten on home turf in the two-day format, and is set to return to John Blanck Oval to take on Western Suburbs next week.
But, if it is to keep the home ground success going, Dein said the Scorchers would need to learn from its loss.
"Everyone, especially the batters, need to knuckle down and get the job done next week especially after this games performance,” he said.
Queensland Premier Grade
Round 9. Two-day match. Day two.
Sunshine Coast 1st innings 69
Valley 1st innings 7/234dec
Sunshine Coast 2nd innings
B Mahaffer c Pfeffer b Knight 11
A Lovell run out Whyte 32
A Day c Lockhart-Krause b Knight 8
K Griggs b Gode 0
P Dein not out 78
J Matthews b ? 14
J Tyson c Knight b Dascombe 32
J Mathys c Thornton b Cramb 8
R Smith LBW Cramb 7
J Turnbull LBW Stutter 3
W Johnston c Lynch b Knight 0
FOW: 41 (B Mahaffey) 44 (A Lovell) 51 (AA Day) 55 (KB Francis-Griggs) 91 (JJ Matthews) 148 (JL Tyson) 168 (J Mathys) 180 (RA Smith) 193 (JB Turnbull) 198 (WA Johnston)
Bowling: Gode 20-7-22-1, Whyte 2-32-0, Dascombe 21-9-52-1, Knight 15-2-47-4, Cramb 9-3-29-2, McElligott 3-1-7-0, Stutter 2-0-4-1.
Valley 2nd innings
L Pfeffer not out 8
L Stutter not out 25
Bowling: Smith 4-3-1-0, Johnston 3.2-0-33-0.
Valley won outright by 10 wickets and on first innings by 165 runs.