Feldman’s fury halts title bid of Scorchers
SUNSHINE Coast keeper Gerard Flegler admits some of his young team were overawed in their semi-final loss to Valley but says they will be stronger for it.
The Sunshine Coast was beaten outright by nine wickets at Buderim yesterday to miss the chance to claim its first Queensland premier grade title in eight years.
Flegler said his side, seven of whom are under 25, was overwhelmed by a Valley unit which included Queensland Bulls paceman Luke Feldman who finished with stunning match figures of 13-100.
"A few of the young blokes in particular got a little bit overawed by the occasion," he said.
"The whole team is hurting and if it doesn't hurt, then you shouldn't be playing the game.
"But a hat off to Feldman and it was unfortunate for us that he bowled so well."
Feldman followed Saturday's phenomenal wicket haul (7-34) with another outstanding effort (6-66) yesterday on the second and final day to end any hope of an unlikely outright win for the Coast.
"We came up against a quality bowler in Feldman and when you play guys like that, you have to be on your game and we weren't," he said.
The Coast needed only a first innings draw to progress to the decider.
But it made just 92 in their first innings before Valley amassed 246.
The Scorchers made 215 in their second innings, leaving Valley with an easy chase of 62 which they accounted for quickly, losing only one wicket.
"We weren't quite there Saturday morning but we hung in and we gave ourselves a chance today (Sunday) and fell a bit short," Flegler said.
"They had a good side and I thought (Queensland and Australian batsman Usman) Khawaja batted very well on Saturday and absorbed a lot of pressure."
COAST batsmen Nick Selman and Alecz Day made up for their disappointing first innings scores with 59 and 65 respectively yesterday. Flegler said those two in particular would have greatly benefited from experiencing the pressure of semi-final cricket.
"Hopefully guys like Nick Selman, Alecz Day and even (Australian under-19 representative) James Bazley will learn from it all and come back bigger and better next year," he said.
"These guys are young and we will keep the nucleus of this side and there are some very positive signs for Sunshine Coast cricket. Hopefully we can go one better next year."