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Scorchers batsmen stumping the coach

LAST MAN OUT: Scorchers No.11 Ash Renouf fails to get back in time – out stumped by Tim Healy, the son of former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
LAST MAN OUT: Scorchers No.11 Ash Renouf fails to get back in time – out stumped by Tim Healy, the son of former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy. Iain Curry

CRICKET: The Scorchers are in danger of slipping through the cracks after suffering their fourth successive loss, surrendering meekly to Norths in a one-dayer at Buderim yesterday.

In the first round after the Christmas break, Norths made 6-237 off its 50 overs and the Coast was bowled out for 183 in the 45th over.

Three of the losses have been in the shorter formats.

Scorchers coach Brad Murphy conceded his batsman needed to start scoring more runs.

"We just weren't good enough to cross them off … we came up a bit short," he said.

"It's not ideal. Not ideal at all. Four games to go, four two-dayers. We've got to try and win them all.

"If we win three out of four, we could be in the semis."

Sunshine Coast went into yesterday's match in eighth place overall on the XXXX Gold first-grade ladder. It has won five matches, drawn three and lost six.

Against third-placed Norths, only Peter Dein (58) and Alecz Day (48) produced creditable performances.

Seven batsmen failed to reach double figures, a damning indictment on a side that has struggled to score runs for much of the season.

THE Scorchers never found a high gear in the run chase, limping along as they lost regular wickets.

All five Coast bowlers took a wicket each, with Queensland Bulls quick Matthew Gale finishing with 1-61 off 13 overs.

Gale would have hoped for a better performance as he attempts to force his way into the Bulls' Sheffield Shield side for the first time this season.

Murphy will have to make at least three team changes for the Scorchers' two-day home clash against Valley. That game starts next Saturday.

No.3 Julian Nielsen has a work commitment and bowlers James Bazley and Ash Renouf will be away on representative duty.

Murphy urged his batmen to stop playing "impetuous" shots.

"We're just not using up our overs in the run chase," he said.

While Murphy was mostly pleased with the side's fielding performance, he lamented its "sloppiness" towards the end of Norths' innings.

Former West Indian international Brendan Nash top-scored for Norths with 67, and Haydn Murphy was not 59.

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