PROMISING: Brendan Schultz batting for the Waves. Picture: Brian Cassidy.
PROMISING: Brendan Schultz batting for the Waves. Picture: Brian Cassidy.

Teen set to make top grade debut with Scorchers

CRICKET: Sunshine Coast coach Ashley Holznagel is impressed with the determination and commitment of Brendan Schultz and is keen to see how the teenager fares in the Queensland Premier Grade.

The promising batsman from Bundaberg has been called into the Scorchers line-up to replace Blake Maher, who has a knee injury, for their two-day clash against South Brisbane at Buderim.

Schultz had been impressive when playing for their second-grade side.

He was initially recommended to the Scorchers by Sunshine Coast Wide Bay development officer Charlie Burke.

Schultz played a couple of trials, was picked in their seconds team and has since impressed, commuting from Bundaberg to play games.

“He’s been outstanding this season in the seconds, with a 135 and a few 50s as well,” Holznagel said.

“He’s just played really good innings and he’s just a good kid that goes about his business.

“He plays the ball incredibly late.

“He sticks to his zones when he bats.”

It’s the 19-year-old’s enthusiasm which has really impressed.

“He wants to test himself and as a coach, in grade cricket, that’s fantastic (to see) that blokes want to test themselves and try and make it.

“So hats off to him for driving down from Bundy every weekend to play for us because that’s a big commitment in itself.”

Holznagel said Schultz could keep on pressing his claims in the sport.

“Whichever grade you are in you create opportunities by getting good amounts of runs, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

Schultz was shocked to earn the call-up at this stage.

“I wasn’t expecting to get in so early,” he said.

“My goal was to go down (to Scorchers) and play better cricket and if I got lucky and played well I’d make first grade but I never thought I’d be in first grade this season.”

“And I thought it wouldn’t happen this weekend, because I made a duck last week.”

The Scorchers are third on a 12-team ladder after three of 11 two-day games and face a last-placed Souths outfit.

They’re coming off the back of a first innings win over the Gold Coast.

“We’d just like to get some more runs out of the top six and they know that,” Holznagel said.

“But the boys have been fighting hard. No matter what position we’re in, we keep fighting so that’s a good thing for us.”

He’s eager to claim back-to-back victories.

“That’s the challenge of grade cricket. You want to be as consistent as you can if you want to make it through to the end of the season, so it’s a big game for us this round.”

SCORCHERS: N Selman, A Lovell, A Day, P Dein (c), D Dyer, B Schultz, S Gardiner, J Turnbull, J Tyson, T Olsen, A Renouf.



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