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The Hobart Hurricanes are proud to announce the introduction of an Indigenous program this season which will provide even greater opportunities for Indigenous cricketers in Tasmania.

Chief Executive Nick Cummins said Indigenous players would be exposed to a high-performance environment with the hope of representing the Hurricanes in the future.

“The introduction of this initiative gives the cream of our indigenous talent the opportunity to wear the purple in the newest format of the game,” he said.

“It’s a chance for an aspiring indigenous cricketer to get noticed ahead of the Championships.”

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has also voiced his support for the initiative.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Tasmanian Aboriginal players to train and play at the highest level, and I congratulate the Hobart Hurricanes on their initiative," he said.

“I look forward to seeing more indigenous players progressing through the system, and being part of Tassie's great cricket story.”


Hurricanes Indigenous XI announced

The Hobart Hurricanes have today announced a 12-man Indigenous squad which will play a three-game series against a Sydney Thunder Indigenous team next week in rural New South Wales.

Both teams will travel to Orange for the series which will be played across November 8 and 9, taking the opportunity to visit schools in the local area to conduct clinics.

The Hurricanes Indigenous XI, an initiative of the Hurricanes Foundation, will wear a special Indigenous shirt, designed by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Danny Gardner.

Gardner said the design of the shirt which the team will wear during the series is closely tied to the Indigenous heritage of Tasmania.

“I believe it is important the design of the shirt acknowledges the traditional land on which we stand on and the continuing practice of Aboriginal culture today,” he said.

“I have incorporated the petroglyphs and a map of Tasmania to depict the nine Nations of Tasmania. Eleven hand stencils pay respect to both the Tasmanian Aboriginal elders past and present and that of each Indigenous cricketer’s spirit. 

“To complete the design, I have symbolised the Journey of each player with footprints that transform into circles as they finally gather at their meeting place. I'm very proud to have undertaken this design.”

Hobart Hurricanes co-major sponsor Tassal have put their support behind the Indigenous XI initiative.

“At Tassal, working with indigenous community representatives and acknowledging the traditional landowners within the communities in which we operate is important,” said Barbara McGregor - Tassal Senior Manager of Corporate Engagement.

“Tassal is very pleased to support the Indigenous XI through our Tasmania’s Team partnership with the Hobart Hurricanes. 

“Tassal has been helping local sporting teams and groups for decades and supporting the Indigenous XI is another opportunity for us to keep our communities fit and healthy and support positive community role models for younger generations.”

Tasmanian Parliamentary representatives have also endorsed the Hurricanes’ Indigenous program.

“This great initiative by the Hobart Hurricanes will provide significantly improved opportunities for indigenous cricketers in Tasmania and expose the players to a high-performance sport environment,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal MP Mark Shelton.

“This is a great opportunity for our Tasmanian Aboriginal players and we look forward to the possibility of them representing the Hurricanes in the future.”

“Congratulations to the Hurricanes on this important initiative. Our focus is on ensuring everyone who wants to participate in sport gets that chance - all the members of the squad are to be warmly congratulated on their success, and I wish them all the best,” said Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.


Hurricanes Indigenous squad

Liam Ward - Kingborough CC (Captain)

Blake Mayne - Clarence CC

Callan Morse - Latrobe CC

Aaron Tuxworth - Smithton Stars CC

Blake Sculthorpe - Kingborough CC

Steve Hudson Jnr - Westbury CC

Thomas Dwyer - Westbury CC

Kristian Nikolai - Blackmans Bay CC

Braeden Page  – North Huon CC

Brodie Hayes - Burnie Hurricanes CC

Jackson Clifford - UTAS CC

Rhys French - Latrobe CC

Coaches: Paul Collins and Guy Grey


  Match 1 vs Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI

The Hobart Hurricanes Indigenous side took to the field this afternoon for the first of three contests this week in Orange NSW against the Sydney Thunder Indigenous side in the Indigenous T20 Cup. 

With his young side ready for action, captain Liam Ward lost the toss and the Hurricanes were in the field for the first contest of the day. Ward’s first over was tight and then debutant Blake Mayne picked up a wicket in his very first over of the ever reliable Duroux. 

The Thunder responded with a partnership of 50 before experienced campaigner Kristian Nikolai tightened the screws in his first over collecting Fair-Townsend for 18. With the run rate ticking along nicely for the Thunder during the middle stages of their innings, it was Westbury duo Stevie Hudson Jnr and Tom Dwyer who combined for some tight overs; Hudson Jnr with 2 wickets and Dwyer with 1. 

At 5/81 off 13 overs, things were looking good for the Hurricanes to restrict the Thunder to a relatively small total for T20. This was until the class of Ben Patterson took over for the Thunder with shots all over the park on his way to 78 off only 28 balls. His partnership with Bills of 96 giving the Thunder a very competitive total of 178. 

The Hurricanes, up for the task, took the crease with the target in sights early. The experienced Callan Morse is always one to not push the easy button and with a gritty opening stance with fellow North West Coaster Brodie Hayes, got the Hurricanes off to a busy start until Morse fell trying to lift the run rate for 24 off 22 balls – the score at 1/52. 

French unfortunately didn’t trouble the scorers and was quick to go afterwards along with Hayes for 25 off 29 and the Hurricanes were on the backfoot from there on. Contributions from Blake Sculthorpe (16 off 32 balls) and Kristian Nikolai (13 from 10) lifted the Hurricanes to 6/104 off their allotted 20 overs.

Sydney Thunder 5-178

Liam Ward 0-26 (4 overs)

Blake Mayne 1-19 (2)

Callan Morse 0-3 (2)

Jackson Clifford 0-47 (3)

S Hudson Jnr 2-12 (2)

Kristian Nikolai 1-19 (3)

Tom Dwyer 1-13 (3)

Braeden Page 0-35 (2)


Hobart Hurricanes 6-104

Brodie Hayes 25 (from 29 balls)

Callan Morse 24 (22)

Rhys French 3 (6)

Kristian Nikolai 13 (10)

Liam Ward 5 (5)

Jackson Clifford 2 (7)

Blake Sculthorpe 16no(30)

Aaron Tuxworth 6no (9)


Match 2 vs Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI

The 2nd game under lights this evening in Orange quickly followed game 1, with our Hurricanes Indigenous side looking to make amends for the first up loss this afternoon against the Sydney Thunder Indigenous side in the Indigenous T20 Cup.

Liam Ward won the toss this time around for the Hurricanes and in a shake up to the batting line up, sent Jackson Clifford with Brodie Hayes out to start building a competitive total. With Hayes out early and Morse who came and went quickly, Clifford persisted with Kristian Nikolai with the pair putting on 37 before Clifford’s exit for a well earnt 23.

This brought the experienced Aaron Tuxworth to the crease looking to flick the strike back to Nikolai who was starting to look ominous.  After missing out on a big knock in game 1 (when he was unfortunately run out), Nikolai delivered the goods in this instance plundering boundaries with regularity to smash 91 before holding out on the boundary late in the innings.

A brilliant knock from Nikolai. Tuxworth also played his part with a patient 29 and the Hurricanes finished their innings on 6/164 - a total they were keen to defend.

Things started well for the Hurricanes in the field and once again it was 15 year old Blake Mayne picking up the early wicket of Whiting for 1. In a contrast to game 1, the Hurricanes kept things tight in the field and bowled in disciplined areas to ensure the Thunder were never in the chase. Mayne with superb figures of 3-15 the pick of the group. In the end, the Thunder were bowled out for 100 – a fantastic response by the Hurricanes to even the series up at one game apiece.

Hobart Hurricanes 6-164

Brodie Hayes 3 runs

Jackson Clifford 23

Callan Morse 5

Kristian Nikolai 91

Aaron Tuxworth 29

Blake Sculthorpe 0

Liam Ward 4no

Rhys French 1no


Sydney Thunder 10-100 

Liam Ward 1-4 (off 2 overs)

Tom Dwyer 1-20 (2)

Blake Mayne 3-15 (4)

Brodie Hayes 0-12 (2)

Stevie Hudson Jnr 2-23 (4)

Kristian Nikolai 0-15 (2)

Jackson Clifford 2-11 (3)


Match 3 vs Sydney Thunder Indigenous XI

The stage was set for the final encounter with our Hurricanes Indigenous side looking for victory to take our the inaugural Indigenous T20 Cup.

The Thunder won the toss and decided to lead off with the bat. Sticking with Ward and Mayne to kick things off, it was the Thunder who took ascendency early with a partnership of 25 until Tom Dwyer broke things up removing Whiting. A series of partnerships from the Thunder continued as they built a competitive total of 8/166. Wickets were shared by the Hurricanes with Blake Mayne, Kristian Nikolai and Jackson Clifford all picking up 2 wickets.

In reply, a confident Hurricanes batting outfit strode to the crease keen to chase down the gettable target. Clifford started well until being run out looking to lift the tempo. Brodie Hayes and Blake Sculthorpe went on to build a great innings of 56 and 38 respectively a solid 38. Their time at the crease however was met with some tight bowling from the Thunder who restricting the chase to ensure they always had the upper hand. A gallant effort by the Hurricanes who finished their innings on 5/127.

Sydney Thunder 8-166

Liam Ward 1-34 (off 4 overs)

Blake Mayne 2-23 (4)

Tom Dwyer 1-28 (2)

Jackson Clifford 2-31 (4)

Kristian Nikolai 2-13 (2)

Braeden Page 0-9 (1)

Steve Hudson Jnr 0-18 (2)


 Hobart Hurricanes 5-127

Brodie Hayes 56

Jackson Clifford 9

Blake Sculthorpe 38

Kristian Nikolai 9

Callan Morse 7