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CRICKET: The Scorchers have welcomed batsman Peter Dein back

Sunshine Coast Scorchers against Gold Coast cricket match. Scorchers batsman Peter Dein stands tall during the first innings. Photo:Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Scorchers against Gold Coast cricket match. Scorchers batsman Peter Dein stands tall during the first innings. Photo:Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

CRICKET: The Scorchers have welcomed batsman Peter Dein back from injury just in time to set their sights on a late surge into the finals in both the one and two-day competitions.

Their unlikely finals bid resumes today with a must-win one-dayer against Norths.

Skipper Gerard Flegler was confident a fit and firing Scorchers outfit could make a late charge up the ladder.

"It's looking good, it's the first time we've had all the boys fit and ready to play which is nice," he said.

"Peter Dein's back which is a big boost for our batting and Chris Welsh is finally back in reserve grade having a bowl after his broken wrist."

Flegler was confident his side could scrape into the one-day finals with a victory against Norths, and added that a bonus point would boost their chances significantly.

Today's match at Buderim looms as an opportunity to build some momentum for the side as they launch an assault on the two-day finals.

They currently sit in 11th place, but their last four matches are against sides around them on the table, eighth-placed Redlands are the highest placed of their remaining opponents.

Flegler said the side had enjoyed a relaxing break over Christmas, and were well prepared to make a push at the post-season.

Despite sitting above Norths on the one-day ladder, Flegler would not underestimate the opposition, after both sides could not be separated in round four of the two-day competition.

"Norths are a very good one-day side, and we played out a tie already with them so I'd say it'll be some pretty close cricket out there," the experienced gloveman said.

If they can secure a bonus point win today, the Scorchers will keep their chances of playing one-day semi-finals alive.

They also hope to secure an unlikely berth in the two-day semi finals beginning with their match against Valley next weekend.

"It's a big six weeks coming up, the hard work really starts now with games against sides pretty close to us, it's a real chance for us to climb the ladder and have a crack at the semis," Flegler said.



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