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Hurricanes go down to Yorkshire to close Abu Dhabi T20

06 October 2018

Backing up an initial encouraging debut in the UAE for a young Hurricanes outfit proved a tough ask today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, going down to English County side Yorkshire by nine wickets.

New BBL signing Caleb Jewell and Sean Willis were the pick of the bats for the Hurricanes who posted 140 via some late hitting from Johan Botha and Jack White. 

With the ball, Hobart toiled but failed to stop the leaking boundaries as their opponents passed the score in the 13th over. Jordan Clark picked up the one wicket to finish with three for the tournament.

But it was Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Harry Brook who mercilessly removed any hope of a consolation victory to end the tournament with some powerful hitting.

Many of the Hurricanes side will now return to Premier League Cricket in Tasmania to push their Sheffield Shield, JLT Cup and Big Bash aspirations in years to come.

Despite today's defeat, Hurricanes Coach Ben Rohrer says he and his side can take plenty out of the experience which mimicked the Big Bash in terms of quality opposition, live broadcast and media attention, not to mention the learnings taken from playing two games in sub-continental conditions.

"We're firstly pretty disappointed with the result," said Ben.

"I felt we were probably about 30 runs short with the bat and although I didn't think we bowled too badly, the Yorkshire players played with quite a bit of freedom and that was tough to stop."

"The pleasing thing was with the younger guys, yesterday they were quite nervous and perhaps didn't perform the way they would've liked whereas today they came out and did pretty well, in particular with Caleb Jewell, Sean Willis and Jack White at the end so that was encouraging."

"They're playing against a lot of quality opposition and first class cricketers here so looking forward for us, it's a great little development tour."

"The young guys got a lot out of the internationals who have been around and Johan has been a great help to us as well."

"The next step for them is working out how they get to a level like that." 

Hobart Hurricanes extend a thank you to the Abu Dhabi Cricket for the invitation to a very well organised tournament.

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