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Mathys ‘demanded’ Scorchers selection

Scorchers debutant Joash Mathys is handy with the bat and ball. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Scorchers debutant Joash Mathys is handy with the bat and ball. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

CRICKET: AN IMPRESSIVE hot streak has simply made it too hard for Sunshine Coast selectors to ignore Nambour's Joash Mathys.

The 21-year-old will make his first grade debut in a two-day clash against University at St Lucia this weekend after propelling the club's second grade outfit to the top of their ladder.

In his last three knocks, he's tallied 43, 97 and 82 not out.

"He's demanded selection," captain Gerard Flegler said.

"He's been in some red-hot form in second grade so we had to pick him ... and we're happy to pick him.

"He's knocked the door down and he gets a good opportunity this weekend."

Mathys, who boasts 428 runs at 47.5 in second grade this season, will replace regular batsman Steve Ledger, who has struggled with 148 at 16.44 in the top flight this campaign. "Ledger is a first grade player so it's a big effort from Joey to do that," Flegler said.

"Ledger took the news pretty well. He knows that Joey is batting really well and that he hasn't been getting the runs he really wants."

Mathys, who is also a handy leg-spinner and a strong fielder, is the latest in a string of second-graders to be promoted to firsts.

"Our second graders are playing really well and they're really putting pressure on the first grade players," Flegler said. "We've had quite a few players come up and perform well in first grade when they've been given an opportunity."

The Scorchers will welcome back paceman Ashley Renouf, who has recovered from a knee injury which had him sidelined for three weeks. He will replace Steven Heiss.

Lewis Waugh comes back into the side for Hayden Greig. After a run of good results, the Scorchers are sixth on the XXXX Gold First Grade ladder while University are second.

MEANWHILE, Scorchers seamer James Bazley has been selected for the Queensland under-19 side.

SCORCHERS: J Nielsen, S Northeast, J Henry, J Mathys, A Day, L Waugh, J Bazley, G Flegler (wk), A Renouf, S Gardiner, B Smith.

GAME DAY

UNIVERSITY v SUNSHINE COAST

Today and tomorrow, St Lucia, 10.30am



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