Bowler breaks Lynn slugfest to save Scorchers’ record
Brisbane Heat star Chris Lynn was on fire but the Scorchers held their own in a “batting paradise” on what proved a wild day of cricket.
The Sunshine Coast hit the pitch to battle Toombul in a Queensland Premier Grade Twenty20 match on Sunday.
An early standout was renowned big hitter Lynn who belted an impressive 154 off 55 deliveries.
He hit five fours and 20 sixes during the game at Oxenham Park.
Scorchers all-rounder and top wicket taker for the day Alecz Day managed to finally end the Heat talent’s dominance.
“We probably got our lines and lengths wrong to Lynny a bit, good player but if you’re going to score 150 we should probably make him do it off 65-70 balls as opposed to 50,” Day said.
It proved an especially timely scalp for the Scorchers, who wound up holding Toombul to a total of 6/266 - Just two runs shy of their record premier grade T20 total of 268 (achieved against Sandgate-Redcliffe in 2018).
“That (Lynn’s wicket) was probably what saved our T20 record in the end,” Day said
“Getting Lynny out with four overs to go has quite a bit of impact.”
The Scorchers were up to the task of chasing the dominant total.
Blake Maher overtook the efforts of Lynn, surging to the century mark in just 34 balls.
It took Lyn 38 deliveries to reach his 100.
“It was really great to see Blake actually get some runs,” Day said.
“He’s worked ridiculously hard all off-season and trying to get his body right and he’s as fit as I’ve ever seen him.
“You’ve got a guy there in two-day cricket who bats top five and bowls most overs out of all the quick bowlers.
“That’s hell of an ask day-in and day-out and it’s just good to see some reward for the efforts he’s putting in.”
Maher ended up hitting 109 before falling, which according to Sunshine Coast cricket stalwart Pat Drew was the highest individual score by a Scorcher in premier T20 cricket.
While Nick Selman managed to belt 72, it wasn’t to be for the Scorchers who finished at 7/248, just 18 short of victory.
Drew believed the match was also the highest scoring T20 game to be played in Queensland premier grade cricket.
“It was a very action-packed game and it was definitely a batting paradise there,” Day said.
The Scorchers also fell in their other T20 clash on Sunday against Wynnum/Manly and in their two-day battle against Western Suburbs on Saturday.
They’ll hit the pitch for three T20s this weekend, taking on Redlands and Northern Suburbs on Saturday and Sandgate - Redcliffe on Sunday.