CRICKET: Talented teenager Angus Lovell believes the Sunshine Coast can make a significant impact in Twenty20 format this season, after reaching the final last time-around.
The Scorchers will start their campaign in the shortest version of the game with matches against Toombul and Norths in Brisbane on Sunday, a day after completing a crucial two-day clash with University at St Lucia.
Lovell isn't available for any of the matches because he's in camp with the Cricket Australia XI under-17 outfit, which will contest the Under 19 National Championships in Adelaide next week.
But he's backing his team-mates to strike
"With people like James Bazley and Alecz Day, who have experience playing Twenty20 at fairly high levels, and with our batting line-up I feel we'll be successful at it,” he said.
"Hopefully we can go one better than last year.”
Lovell himself is intent on a big showing in Adelaide, after being adjudged the player of the tournament at the Under 17 National Championships in Brisbane in October.
"I take a bit of confidence out of that but I do know I've got to play that sort of cricket, if not better, at this level,” he said.
Lovell has also been invited to take part in a Cricket Australia Pathway Rookie Camp in Brisbane in January.
"It would be good to spend a few days there (National Cricket Centre),” he said
But Lovell focus is on playing well for the Scorchers during the summer.
"It's definitely a level up, playing against some seriously good cricketers,” he said.
"It's a challenge, something I had to adapt to and I'm still getting used to that standard of cricket.”
Lovell became the youngest player to debut for the Scorchers as a 16-year-old last year.
He's since notched 19 matches.
"Ultimately, that (state first grade) is how I'm going to get to playing for Queensland (Bulls),” he said.
"So as much as I want to do well in the national (age) carnivals, it's on Saturdays for the Scorchers when it really counts.”
He said he is still adapting from playing juniors with the white ball in one-day matches to playing seniors in two-day cricket.
"There's bowlers who are smarter an can work you out much quicker (but)....playing red ball cricket against men is a step I'll have to overcome if I want to succeed.”
One aspect of his game he's worked on is "changing the way I play, against certain bowlers.”
The tall right-handed batsman puts a prize on his wicket.
"His biggest strentgh is his ability to bat time and score big runs,” Queensland Cricket Talent and Pathways Manager Justin Sternes said.
"I think the Scorchers should take a bit of the credit (for his rise).
"To promote a young kid, based on talent, to help develop his game. I think that's been very beneficial for him, playing at that high level at such a young age.
"Rolling back into the (national) under-17 champs after playing first grade and facing some of the fastest bowlers in Queensland week-in week-out served him really well. That's the reason he dominated at that carnival.
"He's showings signs of of someone who can play at the next level. He seems to able to learn and adapt pretty quickly. As long as he keeps learning every time he walks out in the middle and (takes) the opportunities he gets and works hard on the training paddock I'm sure he'll reach his cricket dreams.
Sternes said Lovell can be an elegant batsman and his cover drive reminded him of Martin Love's.
Meanwhile, the Scorchers will resume their two-day clash with Uni on Saturday at 7/243.
The teams are sixth and second on the 12-team two-day ladder after five outings.
SCORCHERS: N Selman, A Day, J Bazley, J Mathys, B Maher, K Dickfos, K Griggs, S Gardiner, J Turnbull, A Renouf, W Johnston.
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