Coast downed in tough finish to state T20 title decider
UPDATE 5.45pm: Sunshine Coast Scorchers have failed to capitalise on a flying start to their run chase in today's T20 title decider against Sandgate-Redcliffe.
The Scorchers finished 7/149 off their 20 overs, short of the 7/174 posted by Sandgate-Redcliffe earlier this afternoon.
The Coast lads got off to a quick start, thanks to skipper Sam Northeast and Steve Heise, but were stifled by the leg spin of Mitchell Swepson, ultimately falling short of claiming the State Premier League T20 title.
UPDATE 4.50pm: The Scorchers are locked in a thriller at Allan Border Field this afternoon.
The Coast lads need 49 off the final five overs to topple Sandgate-Redcliffe and claim the T20 title, with skipper Sam Northeast anchoring the chase, currently not out 60 from 38 balls, while Steve Heise is playing a great support role.
UPDATE 4.05pm: The Sunshine Coast Scorchers are off to a rapid start to their run chase this afternoon, posting 0/41 off the first three overs.
The Scorchers are hunting Sandgate-Redcliffe's total of 7/174 to claim the State Premier League T20 title.
UPDATE 3.35pm: Sandgate-Redcliffe have posted a commanding 7/174 off their 20 overs in the final of the T20 State Premier League.
Steve Heise picked up 2/18 off two overs for the Scorchers, who will be looking to nail the 175-run target when their innings kicks off this afternoon.
The Sunshine Coast Scorchers are currently up against Sandgate-Redcliffe in the T20 State Premier League final.
The Scorchers won through with a solid semi-final win against South Queensland.
Sandgate-Redcliffe are 3/112 after 14 overs in the first innings.
A NARROW victory has placed the Sunshine Coast Scorchers in prime position to take their first T20 State Premier League title in Brisbane this afternoon.
It was about as close as finishes come at Ian Healy Oval yesterday, with Norths needing just six runs off the final two balls to overtake the Scorchers' 7-127.
But a spirited bowling effort that included a five-wicket haul from Ashley Renouf allowed the Scorchers to hold on for the win.
Nick Selman and captain Sam Northeast got the side off to a great start, combining for a 50-run opening partnership.
Northeast provided the majority of the runs with his knock of 58, before the Scorchers experienced a mid-order collapse.
Coach Brad Murphy said his side's total of 127 wasn't what they had planned for at the start of the match.
"We thought 150 would be a par score and we started really well with Northeast and Selman putting on a partnership," he said.
The coach was impressed with how his side fought back in the field after some costly overs from James Bazley and Steven Heise brought Norths back into the match.
But in a game that ebbed and flowed, the Scorchers finished on top and have a serious chance of playing in the grand final at Allan Border field this afternoon.
"It was a really good fightback and they were excited," Murphy said.
A win against South Queensland Country would guarantee the side a place in the final, while a loss would mean percentage points come in to play.