Nervous moments for Scorchers against Ipswich
CRICKET: Opener Nick Selman's big-game experience helped the Scorchers save face at Buderim earlier this afternoon, carrying his bat in both of his side's T20 games.
After going down in a nail-biting loss to Western Suburbs earlier today, the young Aussie-English dual citizen steered his side to victory against Ipswich/Logan, despite some shaky moments mid-innings.
Selman and opening partner Alecz Day looked to be cruising at 0/53, before the side lost 5/21 to keep the Hornets in the game, including Kobi Francis-Griggs' hit-wicket dismissal.
But a strong bowling performance was the key to keeping the Scorchers in contention, limiting Ipswich to just 91-runs in 18 overs.
Day and Francis-Griggs were the pick of the bowlers, claiming four and three wickets respectively.
The Scorchers chased down the total with more than seven overs to spare and kept themselves in finals contention.
Selman, 21, was earlier this year picked up by English county side Glamorgan and has been one of the Scorchers' leading run-scorers in Premier Grade Cricket this season.
"It was a little bit slow first game but good to make that up in the second game and a get a win on the board,” he said.
"It's a big day tomorrow for us.”
He said better shot selection and concentration would be needed against some tough sides.
"We'll learn from that and hopefully the boys won't make those same mistakes tomorrow,” he said.
He said the side was 10-15 runs short of a competitive total in the first match against Wests.
"There was a few things in the field whilst bowling that costs us a few runs. As a whole team performance we were about 80% there,” he said.
"We'll look at that and hopefully put in two good performances tomorrow.”
They will face Wynnum/Manly (10am) and then Southern Suburbs (2pm) at John Blanck Oval.