Coast spinner expected to turn screws
SUNSHINE Coast captain James Henry believes Sam Gardiner is the best white-ball spinner in Queensland's premier grade and says the 21-year-old is getting better with every game.
The Scorchers battled to just a solitary win last weekend in their first three games of the season, but Gardiner was impressive against Souths in claiming a stifling 1-8.
Henry believes Gardiner has plenty of potential.
"I'm not sure if there is a better white-ball spinner in the game (in Queensland's first grade) at the moment," Henry said.
"In one-dayers and Twenty20s, I'm not sure if anyone is as consistent as he is week in, week out.
"He's certainly got the attributes in those forms of the game and he's developing every game. I think he's got a hell of a lot to offer in those formats."
Gardiner is certainly not the only promising youngster in the team.
Towering all-rounder James Bazley, 19, is already in the extended Queensland Bulls squad and on Thursday impressed state selectors with a century in a three-day intra-club match in Brisbane.
The Scorchers clash today with Sandgate Redcliffe in a one-dayer at Deagon. Tomorrow they take on Ipswich-Logan and Wests in Twenty20s. Jack Wood, the nephew of former international and Sunshine Coaster Ashley Noffke, will make his debut.
SCORCHERS: N Carruthers, N Selman, P Dein, J Henry (c), J Bazley, B Maher, K Griggs, J Wood, G Flegler, S Gardiner, S Heise.