CRICKET: Sunshine Coast captain Gerard Flegler reckons towering all-rounder James Bazley is set to be a key player in coming seasons, assuming he can stay fit.
The talented teenager will become the 100th player to be capped by the Scorchers when he takes to the field for a round nine XXXX Gold Premier Grade clash against Souths at Carina today.
And Flegler hopes it will be just the first of many games in the longer format for the 17-year-old, who has been plagued by injuries.
The Maroochydore product suffered a broken wrist last season and has been hindered by knee complaints at stages during this campaign.
But after playing a few games with the Scorchers seconds, he appeared for the Scorchers first grade side in a one-dayer against Sandgate Redcliffe last weekend, crafting an unbeaten 44.
"He's someone who has come through our system and we've had our eye on him for a little while now," Flegler said.
"Unfortunately he's been injured a bit during the past 12 months but if you can get him fit and on the field then he's going to be a really good player for us.
"We're excited about his potential and obviously he's excited by the opportunity he's been given this weekend."
The right-hand bat, medium-fast bowler has replaced seamer Ashley Renouf (knee) in the line-up.
"He's a massive guy. For a young kid, he's huge and he just doesn't stop growing," Flegler said.
Bazley has followed in the footsteps of another teen-ager, Sam Gardiner.
The off-spinner has been impressive in his six matches for the Scorchers, claiming 18 wickets at 11.83.
"It's exciting to have Baz and Sammy. There are a number of young guys in the group now so it looks good for the future," Flegler said.
The Scorchers are in good form after claiming rare first-innings points away to Ipswich Logan last Saturday and then claiming a one-day victory against Sandgate-Redcliffe on Sunday.
The results propelled the side from 11th to sixth.
SCORCHERS: J Nielsen, S Northeast. L Waugh, J Henry, S Ledger, M Gale, A Day, J Bazley, G Flegler, S Gardiner, P Cash.
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Today, Carina, 10am