OMINOUS: A storm front approaches John Blanck Oval at Buderim.
OMINOUS: A storm front approaches John Blanck Oval at Buderim. Alex Nolan

Wild weather lashes Scorchers at Buderim

CRICKET: Scorchers fans will have to wait until next week to determine whether skipper Sam Gardiner's decision to take the new ball in his side's match with Toombul was the right one.

Wild weather brought an end to the first day of play with the match in the balance.

The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Batsman Wade Johnson given out.
The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Batsman Wade Johnson given out. Patrick Woods

Toombul was 5/242 before a wild storm which lashed the Sunshine Coast crossed John Blanck Oval and forced players and officials from the field.

On a humid morning at Buderim, Scorchers skipper Sam Gardiner won the toss and elected to bowl with the mindset that his bowlers were on a high after their routing of South Brisbane last weekend.

Despite the hot and humid conditions under clouds, the wicket proved to be somewhat of a batsman's paradise and was described by players as a "flat deck”.

The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Ash Renouf bowling.
The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Ash Renouf bowling. Patrick Woods

"We were toing and froing with the decision because we weren't sure how (the wicket) would play,” Gardiner said.

"We thought 280 was (a par score) and finishing the day with them being 240 means it's right in the balance.”

The Scorchers lacked some strike power thanks to all-rounder James Bazley picking up a side-strain in a four-day match for the Queensland 2nd XI during the week.

The 21-year-old linked with opening bowler Ash Renouf last week to claim five wickets each, but was this week unable to bowl.

He expects to be available for the second day next weeekend.

Renouf and fellow quick Wade Johnston toiled for most of the day and picked up one wicket each, with Blake Maher also claiming the prized scalp of talented batsman Charlie Hemphrey for 8.

The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Batsman Wade Johnson given out.
The Scorchers are aiming for a second straight win against Toombul at Jack Blanck Oval. Batsman Wade Johnson given out. Patrick Woods

Spin option Alecz Day was the pick of the Scorchers bowlers, as he claimed claimed 2/53 in a 24-over spell which included nine maidens and no extras.

Gardiner believes his side has the batting prowess to chase down a total upwards of 300 with an extra half-hour to play next Saturday.

He's also excited to see new recruit Brendan Mahaffey, who is coming off back-to-back centuries in second grade, make an impact and own his opening spot.

"He thoroughly deserves his position,” Gardiner said.

"He's back against his old club Toombul and I'm excited to see how he goes. He can have a nice impact and I'm sure he's eager to make the spot his own.”


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