We proudly announce Greater Northern Raiders' & Tasmanian Under 19 batsman, Jake Williams, as the Hurricanes Foundation Male Northern Rookie for BBL|08.
Williams will be considered a member of our BBL squad - participating in media opportunities, fan events and player appearances, as well as attending training sessions and matches.
Williams will join the squad for the first time tomorrow at the University of Tasmania Stadium as the Hurricanes clash with the Scorchers from 7:15pm.
The 18-year-old will then link up again with the squad down in Hobart ahead of their match with the Sydney Sixers on Friday 4 January and then again when the Hurricanes return to Launceston for their January 31 fixture with the Strikers.
Hailing from Westbury, Williams is part of the newly-formed Raiders' squad competing in the Detail First Premier League, representing the Greater North of Tasmania.
In this competition, he sits sixth on the run-scoring chart despite having missed two matches whilst representing the state at the Under 19 National Championships in Adelaide earlier this month.
There, he finished fifth in the runs, amassing 462 runs at an average of 58.
Tasmanian Under 19 Head Coach, Ali de Winter, says Williams has what it takes to reach the big time.
“Jake has been an outstanding performer this season," said de Winter.
"His consistency across the National Championships recently completed in Adelaide was a highlight, scoring all around the wicket."
"He was robbed of a century in our match against Victoria Country when he was stranded on 92 when we passed the total required.
"He has shown that he is ready to play at a higher level and we look forward to seeing him dominate on his return to the Greater Northern Raiders.
"Together with his dynamic fielding, Jake is a deserving recipient of the Hurricanes Foundation Northern Rookie award."
Williams is eager to begin and pick the brains of the stars of long and short-form cricket in the Hurricanes squad.
"That’s the point of this whole thing,” Williams said.
“Pick the brains out of the established players and learn from the experience with the opportunity I’ve been given."
"(Upon finding out the news) It was one of the best feelings I’ve had in a while in terms of cricket, just knowing that it’s an opportunity that I am going to get."