In their 25 year history in Premier Cricket, the Sunshine Coast Scorchers have tasted Championship victory with One Day and Two Day matches.
But their trophy cabinet still lacks that third format element, though not for want of trying, with three defeats in the T20 Final over the seasons.
On Sunday, 29th of November the Scorchers begin their latest T20 campaign as they play Wynnum-Manly at Allan Border Field, the first of five qualifying rounds for the semi-finals on the 13th December.
To prepare for the change of style, the Scorchers will play a trial match against local SCCA club Tewantin-Noosa on Thursday, 26th November, under lights at the Thunder’s home, Read Park, Tewantin.
Winners of the local 1st Division competition, the strong home line-up will be enhanced by the presence of two Australian representative and Big Bash stars, Ben Laughlin and Nathan Reardon.
Laughlin, the greatest wicket-taker in the history of BBL cricket, travels the world for his sport, but is a Noosa resident who has been kick-starting his Australian summer for the past two seasons with appearances for the Scorchers before his Heat duties.
His contributions to local cricket stretch far beyond his on-field talents, as the Scorchers have learnt the discipline and practices of an international cricketer prepared to share with his new team-mates.
Reardon has moved on from his representative days to develop a coaching network, spreading his knowledge to Tewantin-Noosa cricketers of all grades, and the ex-University club player is familiar to an older generation of Scorchers.
Played at Read Park, where the new lights have proved the Coast’s best since their September introduction, the game will be a valuable hit-out for the Scorchers, as well as a rewarding encounter for a Thunder side with great hopes for the future.