CRICKET: A shocking batting collapse cost the Sunshine Coast any chance of a rare first-innings victory at Buderim yesterday.
The hosts were bundled out for just 95 in response to Sandgate-Redcliffe's total of 246 in the round-seven clash.
It was the Scorchers' 12th first-innings defeat in their past 14 two-day outings and the worrying performance of their batsmen has re-opened some wounds that have plagued the side for the past two seasons.
"I don't really know what to say," stunned captain Gerard Flegler said.
"Unfortunately, we just didn't apply ourselves well enough in the first innings and once Sandgate got on a roll with the ball we just couldn't stop it.
"We talked about how we were going to approach the batting before we went, but then we lost Julian Nielsen (15) just before lunch and that hurt and then we lost Lewis Waugh (12) straight after lunch and we couldn't stem the tide.
"They bowled well and we nicked everything that came our way."
Sent in again, the Scorchers knuckled down to finish on 2-136.
"In the second innings, we batted well. But it's the same old story, unfortunately - we just didn't do the job in the first innings," Flegler said before denying his players had succumbed to pressure in their run chase.
"I don't think it was a pressure situation. I just think our guys didn't execute their skills," he said.
"They are not giving themselves a chance to bat long periods.
"In Twenty20 cricket you do have to go hard from ball one, but in two-day games you have to get yourself set and bat long periods, and we're not batting long enough periods at the moment.
"We did it in the second innings on a good wicket but didn't do the job in the first innings."
The eighth-placed Sunshine Coast went into the second day's play confident it could overcome its seventh-placed rivals, who resumed play on 9-198, but a 78-run last-wicket stand between Ben Gledhill (100) and former Scorcher Wade Johnston (14no) frustrated the hosts.
"They batted quite well. We dropped two catches and two decisions didn't go our way, so they put an extra 40 on and that hurt," Flegler said. "But that is still no excuse for our batting performance."
He believed there was no need to change the Scorchers two-day line-up.
"I think we've got the best 11 at the moment in our club and we've just got to rebound next week against Ipswich Logan," he said. "It's more about (changing) our mental approach."
The Sunshine Coast has won two Twenty20 games, lost one one-day game and snared one first-innings tie in its matches so far this season.
The side faces a torrid stretch of games, with seven of its next eight matches in enemy territory.
SUNSHINE COAST v SANDGATE-REDCLIFFE
Sandgate-Redcliffe 1st innings 246
Sunshine Coast 1st innings
J NIELSEN c McLaughlin b Castle
L WAUGH c Irvine b Castle
P DEIN c McLaughlin b Exelby
J HENRY c Gledhill b Exelby
A DAY b Castle
S LEDGER c Johnston b Castle
M GALE c Exelby b Pearce
G FLEGLER c Dolan b Johnston
S GARDINER b Johnston
P CASH c Gledhill b Exelby
A RENOUF not out
Bowling: S Exelby 12.3-4-33-3; W Johnston 8-2-23-2; M Castle 8-2-23-4; D Pearce 2-0-10-1; M Sneddon 3-2-5-0.
Sunshine Coast 2nd innings
J NIELSEN not out
L WAUGH b Sneddon
P DEIN c Gledhill b Pearce
J HENRY not out
Total: Two wickets for
Fall: 50, 85
Bowling: S Exelby 5-1-15-0; M Castle 7-3-21-0; S Lowry 4-2-4-0; W Johnston 3-1-8-0; M Sneddon 12-3-60-1; D Pearce 5-0-17-1; C Barsby 3-0-7-0.
Result: Sandgate-Redcliffe won first innings by 151 runs