Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Steadfast Approach Needed by Scorchers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Steadfast Approach Needed by Scorchers

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Byline: Steele Taylor steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

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. …

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