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Nine Hurricanes Make Sheffield Shield Final

19 March 2018

They defeated South Australia by 16 runs then ‘three-in-a-row’ reigning champions Victoria by 156 runs on home soil to finish a clear second on the Sheffield Shield Table for 2017/18.

Now the Tasmanian Tigers have named no less than nine BBL07 contracted Hobart Hurricanes in their 14-man travel squad for their Shield Final against the Queensland Bulls starting next Friday 23 March up at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field.

Here is their 14-strong playing squad to be trimmed at the coin-toss with the Hurricanes BBL07 contracted players highlighted in bold:

1. George BAILEY (Captain)
Jackson BIRD
2. Alex DOOLAN
Jake DORAN
Andrew FEKETE
3. Hamish KINGSTON
4. Ben MCDERMOTT
5. Riley MEREDITH
6. Simon MILENKO
7. Sam RAINBIRD
8. Tom ROGERS
Jordan SILK
9. Matthew WADE
Beau WEBSTER

Tigers Head Coach Adam GRIFFITH was also the Hurricanes Assistant Coach under Head Coach Gary Kirsten.

BACKGROUND

• The Tigers' last Sheffield Shield title actually came against Queensland back in 2012-13 which was a reversal of fortunes from 2011-12 when Queensland defeated Tasmania in the decider.

• Three members of that 2012-13 winning XI – Jordan Silk, Alex Doolan and George Bailey remain part of the squad named above.

• Skipper George Bailey will be chasing his fourth Shield title, Alex Doolan his third and Jordan Silk his second.

JLT SHEFFIELD SHIELD TABLE – TOP THREE

1. QLD – 10 matches / 6 wins / 3 draws / 1 loss / 16 bonus points / 55 total points.
2. TAS – 10 matches / 5 wins / 2 draws / 3 losses / 15.55 bonus points / 47.55 total points.
3. VIC – 10 matches / 3 wins / 5 draws / 2 losses / 16.91 bonus points / 39.91 total points.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD FINALS – TASMANIA RESULTS

2006-07 – First Shield Title: TAS v NSW – WON
2010-11 – Second Shield Title: TAS v NSW – WON
2011-12 – Sheffield Shield Final: TAS v QLD – LOST
2012-13 – Third Shield Title: TAS v QLD – WON*
*NB: After drawn Final because finished on top of the table.

SHEFFIELD SHIELD FINAL – MATCH DETAILS

WHEN: Friday 23 March – Tuesday 27 March 2018

WHERE: Allan Border Field (2,500-capacity ground)
Crosby Park, 103 Crosby Road, Albion Brisbane QLD.

Entry to each day’s play will be via gold coin donation. All proceeds will be donated to The Alannah & Madeline Foundation - one of Cricket Australia’s official charity partners.

JLT Sheffield Shield Final: Queensland Bulls v Tasmanian Tigers

NB: ALL LOCAL QLD TIMES

Gates Open – 9am Days 1-3 / 9.30am Days 4-5

Session Times:
Toss: 9.15am
Session 1: 10am – 12pm noon
Lunch: 12pm noon – 12.40pm
Session 2: 12.40pm – 2.40pm
Tea: 2.40pm – 3pm
Session 3: 3pm – 5pm.

Follow The Match: The Sheffield Shield Final will be live streamed on www.cricket.com.au and via the Cricket Australia Live App. ABC Radio will also provide ball-by-ball coverage of the Final.