Scorchers women aim to press claims for step up
CRICKET: The Scorchers are eager to further press their claims for a step into the top tier of women’s state cricket with another strong season, says coach Melanie Knack.
The Sunshine Coast club currently competes in the second grade Jodie Fields Shield and hold out hopes of making the step into the premier grade Katherine Raymont Shield as soon as next year.
They took out the second tier competition last year and have been quick to stamp their mark this season with a trouncing of Wynnum/Manly over the weekend.
Remarkable knocks from Mikayla Wrigley (155) and Emma Mccord (122) propelled them to a 321-run victory in the season-opener.
While Wynnum/Manly were down on numbers, coach Knack said it had still been a clinical display from her charges.
“It was definitely a dominant start (to the season),” she said.
“We knew that coming into this game that our opposition was going to be (down players) so we just focused on executing our plans and goals for the season which we did do.”
She had been impressed with the big hitting efforts of Wrigley and McCord and was hopeful of a bright season ahead.
“ I think they’re going to be a really strong two opening batters throughout the season,” she said.
“One of our plans was to get the top five batters working on partnerships which I think they definitely executed.”
While being strong was important this campaign, Knack said there were plenty of other boxes to tick in order to lay solid foundations for the step into first grade.
“Dominating is just one part of it,” she said.
“It’s also coming back to having those processes right to show that we do have the team to go into first grade and also recruiting enough to fill second grade as well next year.
“We’re definitely more worrying about how we play the game and are thinking about how to best set ourselves up for the possibility of first grade next year.”