CRICKET: Impressive centuries were compiled by Nick Selman and Alecz Day before the Sunshine Coast suffered a mid-order collapse against Queensland Premier Grade juggernaut University at St Lucia on Saturday.
The Scorchers won the toss for the Round 11 clash, opted to bat and the top order fired from the outset.
The side forged to 1/215 thanks to Selman (101) and Day (100) but was then dismantled to be 7/238 by the close of play.
"We were really in the driver's seat for a lot of the day,” captain Sam Gardiner said. "Just the last half hour we fell away.”
"I'm really proud of the efforts of Selly, Daisy and (Brendan) Mahaffey, the top three, who really laid a platform for us.
"But then unfortunately with the second new ball Scotty Walter and (James) Holliday performed pretty well and now the game is back in the balance.”
Selman and relative newcomer Mahaffey compiled an initial 87-run partnership, before the latter was dismissed for a patient 32.
Then Selman, emboldened by a successful first class stint with Glamorgan during winter, combined with Day for a 123-run partnership.
When the opener, who has averaged 50 across all formats this season, was trapped in front by Walter for 101, the Scorchers were 2/215.
"It was a really mature knock for us,” Gardiner said.
"He's really been setting up the innings for us well each week...I know he's been pretty eager to get to triple figures because he has got a fair few 50s this year.”
But then trouble soon struck, with the team losing its next five wickets for as many runs.
James Bazley (3), Joash Mathys (0), Blake Maher (0), Day (100) and Sam Gardiner (0) were promptly dismissed.
It was the second century of the season for Day, who is also averaging close to 50 this campaign and is buoyed by experience on the first class scene in New Zealand last summer.
"It was a classy knock from Daisy. He enjoyed a hard wicket at uni and played through the line really well,” Gardiner said.
"The balance there between him and Selly worked for us well.”
Day two is set to be contested in a week.
University is second on the 12-team ladder after five rounds of two-day matches, while the Sunshine Coast is sixth.
Queensland Premier Grade
Round 11, two-day match at St Lucia
University of Queensland v Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast 1st innings
N Selman LBW Walter 101
B Mahaffey c Henry b Philippson 32
A Day b Walter 100
J Bazley LBW Walter 3
J Mathys b Holliday 0
B Maher c Forrest b Holliday 0
K Francis-Griggs not out 5
S Gardiner LBW Waltr 0
J Turbull not out 0
Fall: 87, 215, 233, 234, 234 ,238, 238
Bowling: S Walter 21-0-32-4, J Holliday 22-6-44-2, D Endersby 13-8-18-0, J Chinn 9-1-40-0, M Philipson 20-4-71-1, S Henry 8-0-26-0.
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