He might have only made his return to Tasmania at the end of the last summer, but Matthew Wade is quickly becoming Tasmanian Royalty.
Adding to his accolades, Wade received the honour of Men’s Domestic Player of the Year at the 2019 Australian Cricket awards last night in Melbourne.
The award stems from a very successful season in the JLT Cup, Sheffield Shield and KFC Big Bash League over the 2018-2019 season(s).
The Tasmanian born 31-year old produced five hundreds and seven half-centuries in domestic cricket and is the current leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield with a total of 571 runs.
Maintaining an average of 63.44 and a high score of 137 it’s no surprise to see him rise to the occasion and claim this prestigious award.
But one of the greatest successes can be found in his efforts as a part of the Hobart Hurricanes for the 2018-19 season.
Wade was named Captain for the BBL|08 Campaign, replacing George Bailey in the position and has since proved his ability with the Hurricanes who are currently sitting in first position heading into the semi-finals.
After catching up with Bailey, it was easy to see that handing over the captaincy to Wade was always going to be easy.
“With leadership, there’s no set way that it works, and for a different team at a different time, there’s always going to be a variety of approaches to make it work.”
“With the way that he approaches his cricket, I was very comfortable with the fact that he was going to do a good job.”
His individual performances for the season are impossible to ignore, currently holding the second highest number of runs scored with a total of 590.
In smashing 48 fours and 21 sixes in just one BBL season, it’s proof that he is in potentially the greatest form we have seen from him yet, and this is supported by team mate Bailey.
“I admire the way he has managed to maintain his form across all formats for a long period of time, he goes out and does his job, day in and day out.
But all these statistics and successes will be swept to the side on Thursday night, when the Hurricanes take on the Stars in the semi-final in Hobart.
The Hurricanes haven’t lost a single match at Blundstone Arena and the squad will be intending for Thursday’s game to be no exception.
BBL|08 FINALS SCHEDULE
7:30pm THIS Thursday Night 14 February
First Semi-Final, Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars - Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
7:30pm THIS Friday Night 15 February
Second Semi-Final, Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers - Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.
2:45pm THIS Sunday Afternoon 17 February
Grand Final, Hurricanes OR Stars vs Renegades OR Sixers - Venue TBC.