CRICKET: If you'd told Sunshine Coast Scorchers skipper Sam Gardiner before the start of play that his side would hold Norths to 269 runs last weekend, he would've taken it with glee.
If it weren't for pesky tail-ender and former Scorchers paceman Matt Gale, it could've been even better for the Coast-based side.
Gardiner rated the pitch at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane a 300-run wicket and is confident once his side cleans up Norths' tail-end today, his batsmen can take first innings points in Brisbane.
"If we can get through the new ball we'll set ourselves up to chase down the runs after the tea break,” Gardiner said.
"Obviously, we've got to get that early wicket. The earlier we get it, the better.”
Teen batsman and Queensland under-17s captain Angus Lovell will open the Scorchers' chase with John Pechey.
The middle order will be boosted by Alecz Day, who returns from a stint playing first-class cricket in New Zealand, Kaden Dickfos, who led Gympie's charge to last year's Sunshine Coast Cricket Association grand final and Blake Maher.
"Day's all-round ability is pretty exceptional,” Gardiner said.
"He bowls off-spin and is a top-order bat, which the side has been craving. He also brings that added experience after being around first-class cricket for the past couple of years.”
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