BBL 01 Timeline
June 9th – Ali de Winter named Hobart Hurricanes inaugural head coach
July 1st - Hurricanes announce their first three player signings – Xavier Doherty, Tim Paine and Rana Naveed
July 4th – Big hitter Travis Birt and West Australian paceman Michael Hogan are announced as the next two signings for the Hurricanes.
July 5th- More player signings announced with Rhett Lockyear, Mark Cosgrove, Evan Gulbis and Matt Johnston included in the Hurricanes squad.
July 7th- Tasmania’s favourite son Ricky Ponting signs with the Hobart Hurricanes
July 8th- Second International signing announced – English batsmen Owais Shah alongside Ben Hilfenhaus, Luke Feldman and Nick Kruger.
July 11th- Jason Krejza, Phil Jaques and Ben Laughlin all announced as Hurricanes.
July 27th- the KFC T20 BBL is launched in Sydney with Tim Paine announced as the Hurricanes Captain. Hurricanes website goes live.
July 28th- Hurricanes Facebook page reaches 1000 likes
July 29th- Hobart Hurricanes hold their team launch at Mawson’s Place on the Hobart Waterfront with local VIPs and guests welcoming Hobart’s newest and most exciting team with purple canapés and purple infused champagne.
August 29th- It is announced that Hurricanes Captain Tim Paine has re-injured his broken finger. At this stage he hoped to still be able to play a part in the Hurricanes inaugural season.
September 7th- 100 Days until BBL marked by Xavier Doherty and Tim Paine presenting our 100th Hurricanes members, the Hutchinson family with a signed Hurricanes shirt.
October 29th- 50 Days until the Hurricanes first match cross promoted with Canteen National Bandana Day with players selling (and wearing) purple bandanas in the Hobart Mall.
November 2nd- Michael Di Venuto is announced as the Hurricanes Assistant Coach live via Fox Sports during their Ryobi Cup match coverage in Hobart.
November 15th- Jonathan Wells is announced as the final Hurricanes signing
November 18th- 1 month until the Hurricanes first match against the Perth Scorchers
November 21st- Tickets to the BBL 01 go on sale and Captain Hurricane, the team’s mascot is released.
November 23rd- Our Game Development team and Captain Hurricane hit the schools with Hurricanes themed clinics much to the delight of hundreds of Hobart school kids.
December 2nd- The North West Coast Hurricanes High School T20 Knock Out Cup is played in the North West of the state creating a buzz and interest in the Hurricanes and the new T20 competition outside the Hobart region.
December 11th- Local wicketkeeper batsmen Tom Triffitt replaces injured Hurricane Evan Gulbis in the Hurricanes squad.
December 12th- The Hurricanes squad assembles for the first time together in Hobart in newly renovated purple change rooms at Blundstone Arena. A team meeting is followed by the first official training session in which Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings bowls the first ball.
December 13th- An intra-squad practice match at ANZAC Park is followed by a bus trip up Mt Wellington for the teams official photo shoot.
December 14th- A blow for the Hurricanes with Captain Tim Paine ruled out for the season, requiring surgery on his injured finger. Although unable to take to the field Paine announced to have the Team Manager’s role.
December 15th- Xavier Doherty announced as stand in Captain for the injured Tim Paine, Travis Birt his assistant as Vice-Captain and young Tasmanian Tigers Rookie Ashton May named as a replacement player for Paine.
December 18th- The Hurricanes travel to the west to play their first match in the KFC T20 BBL and are victorious against the Perth Scorchers at ‘The Furnace’. Ricky Ponting played his one and only game whilst Ben Hilfenhaus put on a deadly spell of 2-10 off four overs to ensure the ‘Canes came home with a 31 run win.
December 21st- Hurricane fever swept into Hobart when the side played their first home match against the Sydney Sixers. 8,298 people saw the purple army get over the boys in pink by 42 runs courtesy of some magic by Phil Jaques (73 from 55) and Travis Birt (65 from 41).
December 28th- The Hurricanes continued Christmas celebrations on the 28th with a win against the Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval. Captain Xavier Doherty ensured his side would make it 3 from 3 before the New Year with a magnificent spell of 4-17 which gave the visitors a 15 run win.
December 30th- Fans met their Hurricane Heroes at Parliament Lawns as part of the Taste of Tasmania festival. Rana was a crowd favourite as was injured Captain Tim Paine who managed to sign for hundreds of fans despite having one arm in a sling.
January 1st - New Years’ Day match under lights at Blundstone Arena saw a Gayle vs Hurricane match-up with West Indian superstar Chris Gayle blowing into town for the Sydney Thunder. His 53 off 33 excited the 12,238 strong local crowd but it was the Hurricanes explosive hitters who stole the show with Owais Shah (41 not out) and Travis Birt (35 off 18) alongside cult figure Rana (3-22) ensuring the Hurricanes undefeated run was intact with a 5 wicket win. Richmond full forward Jack Riewoldt donned the purple for the evening as the Hurricanes ambassador.
January 6th- The Hurricanes travelled north to the sunshine state to take on the Brisbane Heat in what was one of the matches of BBL 01. The Hurricanes started in the field first with their bowlers punished by the Heat batsmen who compiled a mammoth total of 4-201. With a tough run chase ahead it was once again Travis Birt (74 from 36) and Owais Shah (69 from 44) who stole the show and almost pulled off the impossible with a blistering 141 run partnership which included 13 boundaries and 6 sixes. With the equation down to a boundary off the last ball, Heat paceman Alister McDermott kept his cool to give the Heat their first win of the season.
January 9th- The Hurricanes returned to a sold out Blundstone Arena to take on the Melbourne Stars where local boys George Bailey and James Faulkner received a hostile reception and spin king Shane Warne was a major drawcard. However it was the Stars English batsmen Luke Wright who stole the limelight making the fastest T20 century with 117 from 60 balls. Not to be outdone it was again Travis Birt (51 from 23) and Owais Shah (55 from 37) who kept local fans hopes alive for a Hurricanes victory. Birt was phenomenal smashing Clint McKay for three consecutive sixes before one of his shots fell short. The Hurricanes batting depth was tested and the Stars proved too good and handed the Hurricanes their first home defeat of the season.
January 17th- After a week break the Hurricanes took on the Melbourne Renegades in a twilight match at Blundstone Arena. World Champion and local Boxer Daniel Geale showed his support to the team by making an appearance. Looking in trouble early with Renegades power hitters Aaron Finch and Brad Hodge putting on 126 for the first wicket, the Hurricanes pulled them back to restrict them to 4-152 with spinner Jason Krejza snaring 3. In the reply Hurricanes opener Jon Wells was prolific with 72 off 61 and Birt chipped in with 25 (which included 3 sixes) but it was once again Owais Shah who got the purple army over the line with 49 not out off 30 deliveries. Much to the delight of the team and fans the final ball win ensured a top two finish and home semi-final against the Sydney Sixers.
January 20th- Tickets to the BBL Big Semi go on sale and sell at record pace with lines of people keen to get the hottest ticket in town stretching out onto the streets outside of Blundstone Arena.
January 22nd- Another sell-out crowd of 14,185 turned Blundstone Arena purple for the local sporting fixture of the summer with the Hurricanes coming up against the Sydney Sixers in the Big Semi Final. The Hurricanes restricted the Sixers to a modest 6-153 but after Travis Birt and Owais Shah fell early in the chase, the Hurricanes batting line-up was exposed. Despite the best efforts of Rana (30 off 14) in the late stages of the match Hurricane season came to a disappointing end and the Sixers were rewarded with a 7 run win, a place in the Champions League and the right to fight for the KFC T20 Big Bash League title.