EYE IN: Brendan Mahaffey trains with the Scorchers.
EYE IN: Brendan Mahaffey trains with the Scorchers. Warren Lynam

Mahaffey puts pressure on Scorchers' top order

CRICKET: Gympie cricket products Kaden Dickfos and Brendan Mahaffey are leading the way for the Sunshine Coast Scorchers.

The pair is doing so well they are creating a selection headache at the top of the batting order for the region's premier cricket side.

While Dickfos has firmly cemented his spot in the batting line-up, Mahaffey pressed his claims with a century for the club's reserve grade side on Saturday, his second ton in as many games.

His performance means added pressure on batsmen to hold their spots in the Sunshine Coast first grade team.

However, fellow batsman and Scorchers team-mate, Dickfos said every game was a challenge at a grade cricket level.

A former Gympie Gold captain and Australian country representative, Dickfos knows what it takes to perform under pressure and is not interested in creating more for himself.

"Personally I have been pretty relaxed this season,” he said.

"I have been around a high level of cricket for a while.

"There are people that devote their lives to it.

"For me it is a matter of making sure I have things outside of cricket.”

Scorchers coach Ash Holznagel said healthy competition was only going to benefit his side.

"That's good for the club and it's exciting to have the guys in second grade put the pressure on the guys in first grade.

"It's going to create competition for spots and that's what we want at the Scorchers,” he said.

The top-tier outfit is in the midst of its fourth clash against South Brisbane and the game at Norman Gray Oval is an important one for both units which are lodged in the middle of the ladder.

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