Steadfast approach called for at Scorchers
CRICKET: Sunshine Coast coach Ashley Holznagel is urging his troops to put a much higher price on their wickets and it's hoped the team's young openers can lead by example.
The Scorchers' batting line-up was routed in its last state premier grade clash, falling to a paltry total of 69 in the first innings of that two-day clash.
It led to a crushing outright defeat to Valley and sent the team plummeting to ninth on the 12-team ladder after four of 11 matches in the longer format this season.
So there are expectations the side will batten down the hatches against reigning champions Wests at Buderim this weekend.
"Batters have got to have a high price on their wicket and we've got to build partnerships," Holznagel said.
Openers Brendan Mahaffey, 23, and Angus Lovell, 18, have the potential to start that trend.
"They are very good young cricketers," he said.
"I feel it's just a matter of them believing and backing their instincts."
They are averaging 16 and 24 respectively in two-day cricket so far this campaign but both have showed a willingness to hold the fort.
Mahaffey's 52-run blockade off 204 balls helped the side claim a draw against powerhouse University of Queensland while Lovell lasted the longest (57 balls) in their collapse to Valley.
"Their technique is perfectly built to open the batting and that's the reason they're in that position," the coach said.
Holznagel said "everyone needs to lift after last round" but held some praise for Peter Dein after his unbeaten 78 in the second innings last weekend and debutant Josh Matthews, who top-scored in the ugly first innings.
Blake Maher will be welcomed back into the side after a wedding last time, replacing Josh Tyson.
It's the only change to the side, despite it's recent struggles.
"There is a few blokes in twos (second grade) starting to put their hands up as well so there is a bit of pressure there but I firmly believe the eleven we've picked will do the job," the coach said.
SCORCHERS: B Mahaffey, A Lovell, A Day (c), K Griggs, P dein, B Maher, J Matthews, J Mathys, J Turnbull, R Smith, W Johnston.