Sport

Scorchers hang on to hope of making finals

WELL DONE, MATE: The Scorchers’ Paul Cash, centre, is congratulated by Peter Dein after a strong bowling performance against Valley last Saturday.
WELL DONE, MATE: The Scorchers’ Paul Cash, centre, is congratulated by Peter Dein after a strong bowling performance against Valley last Saturday. Warren Lynam

CRICKET: Sunshine Coast paceman Ashley Renouf is keen to see his side mount a late but lively bid for a finals berth in the XXXX Gold Premier Grade two-day format.

The Scorchers are 11th of 12 teams in the two-day standings and 10th on the main ladder for combined formats, but Renouf believes his team is in good touch and poised to make an impact in the final four rounds.

The Coast side is well placed midway through its two-day clash with eighth-placed Valley at Buderim and will follow up with clashes against seventh-placed Wests (away game for Scorchers), ninth-placed Wynnum (home) and 11th-placed Redlands (away).

"We could make a push for the semi-finals," Renouf said. "It's going to be tough because we'd have to win all four comprehensively and we're hoping other results go our way to make it, but we're still in with a shot."

He also believed it was important to finish a "rebuilding season" in strong fashion so that the club was well placed for next summer's campaign.

"Mainly we're just looking to see how we go for the rest of this season to push on to next season," Renouf said.

"We've had a lot of changes at the club this year. We've had some players who are coming through and now we've got a lot of depth at the club at the moment, which is good to see."

The Scorchers are primed to secure rare first-innings points at Buderim today after restricting Valley to just 108 last week. In reply, the hosts are 3-91.

"It's a good spot to be in finally," Renouf said.

"We've actually still got to go ahead with it, but hopefully we'll put another 30 runs on and then get a lead and then we will hopefully get them out cheaply again."

Renouf - 1-28 last weekend - boasts an average of 23.89 this campaign, but has been hampered by a hamstring injury and a recurring knee problem.

"I'm feeling good," he said. "I bowled well last week but was just a bit unlucky. Instead of being one-for, I could have been three or four-for. I want to be one of the main bowlers in this team."

The Scorchers will today welcome back young gun James Bazley, who has been on representative duty for the Queensland side at the Australian under-19 championships. All-rounder Bazley had an impressive bowling average of 19.75 at the tournament and took 3-43 against New South Wales, but last year's champions could finish only seventh.

Matt Gale is unavailable as he is on standby for the Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League final clash against Perth tonight.

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v VALLEY

Today, Buderim, 10.30am



OP results: How our public schools fared

Boonah State High School students from left, Tahlia Wilson, Tess Wimmer, Natalie Milligan and Luke Pressler cram in some last minute study leading into their final exams.

FIND out how your child's school went.

New supermarket to bring more than 60 jobs to Ipswich

The grand opening of the brand new Coles CBD store on Wednesday. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Coles reveals when new Ipswich store will open

Where the Walker brothers will coach in 2018

SUCCESS: Shane and Ben Walker with the 2015 Intrust Super Cup trophy. The duo will coach Ipswich in 2018 unless an NRL gig materialises.

Jets CEO outlines his plans for off-contract Jets duo

Local Partners

Nashville singer Craig Campbell to star at CMC Rocks

US singer set to play live to Aussie crowds.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

The suburb where house, land prices are spiking

ON THE RISE: 13 Kallatina Terrace, Karalee will go to auction on March 31. Karalee house prices went up 9.9% in the past year.

"It has good hospitals, universities and schools."

$1b Springfield development deadline brought forward

Aveo's Springfield development is running ahead of schedule.

The majority of interest has come from local buyers

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!