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Momentum swing puts Scorchers in finals hunt

IN-FORM SIDE: Scorchers Paul Cash hopes to be back in action next week after yesterday’s washout.
IN-FORM SIDE: Scorchers Paul Cash hopes to be back in action next week after yesterday’s washout. Brett Wortman

IN an ominous sign for rivals, Sunshine Coast captain Gerard Flegler reckons his in-form side has shown us only a glimpse of what it is capable of.

The Scorchers surged from 11th to sixth place on the XXXX Gold Premier Grade ladder with two impressive wins a week ago. And Flegler believes there is plenty of room for improvement.

"I don't think we are anywhere near our best yet, but we've picked up a couple of wins which is encouraging," he said.

"Once we start performing to our potential then things will be looking good for us."

The Scorchers started the season in disappointing fashion, failing to claim first innings points in its first few two-day matches, but rebounded with a first-innings win against Ipswich Logan and a one-day win against Sandgate Redcliffe last weekend.

"There's a good buzz around the club at the moment," Flegler said.

"We copped a little bit of flak (earlier in the campaign) but we always had some belief that there were some guys in our side good enough to play at the next level and a couple of things have gone our way and the results have started taking care of themselves."

The first day of the Scorchers' two-day clash with Souths was washed out at Carina yesterday. The round nine clash will resume next weekend.

"Hopefully it doesn't stall our momentum and we can perform next Saturday," Flegler said.

The keeper said the next month was vital for the side if it was to feature in the finals of the two-day format. The Scorchers are eighth.

"The way the (two-day) competition is at the moment, it's pretty jam-packed in the middle," he said.

"If we continue to play well and get some points we'll give ourselves a chance but there's a big couple of weeks coming up for us.

"We've got a few big two-day games with Souths, Toombul and University who are the powerhouses at the moment.

"Playing in finals would be fantastic but we've got a lot of work to do before that. We can't get too far ahead of ourselves."



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