Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Scorchers Must Fire to Remain at the Top

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Scorchers Must Fire to Remain at the Top

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CRICKET: Sunshine Coast batsman Peter Dein believes an under-strength Scorchers bowling attack will thrive under pressure next weekend when the side attempts to hold on to its precarious place atop the Queensland Premier Grade two-day ladder.

The Scorchers were dismissed yesterday for a competitive 269 against the fifth-placed Gold Coast at Kerrydale, where a fighting half-century from Ben Smith provided the side with breathing space.

Next Saturday the team will look to its bowlers to keep the side on top of the ladder, with just two more rounds to play.

"I'm backing them to defend that score," Dein said. "They've done the job 90% of the year, really. We've been able to defend smaller totals with our bowlers. They've shown a lot of maturity this year with the way they've bowled."

The Scorchers will likely be missing spearhead Ashley Renouf (ankle) and are without tall timber James Bazley, who is representing Australia at the Under-19 World Cup.

The side will also miss paceman Steven Heise, who has a wedding next weekend, and may be without the services of Englishman Callum Haggett, who is battling to be fit to bowl. …

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