CRICKET: The Sunshine Coast has been presented with another chance to claim rare first-inning points, but the side must rely on its beleaguered batting line-up to come up with the goods when its two-day match against Ipswich Logan resumes at Beenleigh next weekend.
The Scorchers bowlers did their job at Dauth Park yesterday in skittling the hosts for just 128.
But the Scorchers' batting line-up, which has had a tendency to buckle under pressure, was reduced to 4-61 by stumps.
"The game is in the balance," young spinner Sam Gardiner said.
"We'll be looking to bat through the first hour next week and we hope not to lose early wickets. If we get through that, then happy days on a nice wicket."
The 11th-placed Scorchers have claimed first-innings points just once in their past 14 two-day outings, including three matches this season.
Opener Lewis Waugh conceded on Friday that his side struggled to perform when first-innings points were on the line.
Gardiner agreed his team had muffed some chances this campaign, but said that could be about to change.
"We've been playing good cricket. We just haven't been able to finish off sides and that's hurt us," he said. "So we just need to start well next week and get through the first little bit and we'll go all right."
Paceman Matt Gale (3-13) and spinner Alecz Day (3-37) were the chief destroyers for the 11th-placed Scorchers yesterday as they ripped through the line-up of the fifth-placed Hornets.
"We were patient today and didn't really give them a lot of four balls. We toiled hard," Gardiner said. "Gale bowled particularly well.
"He was too good and they just played and missed a lot."
Fellow paceman Ashley Renouf could manage only 1.2 overs due to a hamstring twinge.
It is hoped he will be able to recover for next weekend.
Jon Stimpson (3-22) did the damage for the Hornets.
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