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Scorchers rue call to bowl first

HARD YAKKA: Scorchers paceman Ben Smith finds the going tough.
HARD YAKKA: Scorchers paceman Ben Smith finds the going tough. Warren Lynam

CRICKET: Scorchers skipper Gerard Flegler was left rueing his decision to bowl after winning the toss, with Toombul reaching 4-335 before declaring on the first day of a two-day clash at John Blanck Oval.

Flegler admitted he underestimated how batsman friendly the Buderim wicket was as wild child Luke Pomersbach and opening partner Samuel Thomson both scored centuries in the XXXX Gold Premier Grade encounter.

Pomersbach - thrown a lifeline by Queensland this season but yet to play a game for the Bulls - made 141 before being caught by Sam Gardiner off the bowling of Alecz Day.

Day then claimed Thomson's wicket when he was caught by English import Sam Northeast late in the day for 103.

The Scorchers youngster was the pick of the Coast's bowlers, finishing with 3-100 off 20.2 overs.

Opening quick Matthew Gale - backing up from a mid-week man-of-the-match performance for the Bulls in a one-dayer against New South Wales - claimed 1-66 off 20 overs.

The powerful visitors declared with about 30 minutes of play left in the day, and Scorchers openers Northeast (7) and Julian Nielsen (3) were still there at stumps.

Flegler said: "The wicket played a bit better than I was expecting.

"If I had the chance again, I would have batted on it, I think ... But they batted really well.

"We hung in. There were a couple of chances that we didn't grab.

"Look, we're still in with a chance, but we're going to have to bat extremely well tomorrow."

Sunshine Coast coach Brad Murphy insisted the Scorchers could still win.

"Absolutely," he answered when asked if he fancied the Coast's chances.

However he said it was vital the improving Scorchers did not lose early wickets.

"I've got a lot of confidence in us now," he said.



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