With our BBL season coming to an end last night, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the highlights from the Hobart Hurricanes 2018/19 campaign.
In no particular order we give to you the good, the sad and the downright crazy...
1. Ben McDermott’s Spectacular Six
The young gun produced one of the biggest hits of the season with a massive blow off the bat at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
The six came from the bowling of Sydney Thunder’s Daniel Sams and sailed 110m over deep mid-wicket, out of the ground.
2. Jofra’s Crazy Catch
The Hurricanes paceman Jofra Archer demonstrated his incredible fielding skills on the boundary rope sending the Heat’s Max Bryant back to the dug-out.
Faulkner assumed it had gone for a six but Jofra’s fancy footwork around the rope claimed the wicket instead.
3. D'Arcy’s Robbed Ton
Short was blasting the Stars left, right and centre at the MCG on the way to his second BBL hundred until the umpires stopped him in his tracks. A draw-shot was incorrectly called leg-byes on 86* and he was denied the runs he needed to claim a well-deserved hundred, leaving him 96*.
4. The 10 Wicket Win
The Hurricanes powered to a 10-wicket win record equaling win against the Adelaide Strikers. The team became the second in BBL history to claim this effort. The performances of Wade, Short and Archer all contributed to a stunning victory.
5. Faulkner’s Wicket Bonanza & The Return of the Finisher
The Scorchers were in all sorts of trouble when Faulkner had them at 3/7 in the second over.
The allrounder sent both Bancroft and Klinger packing with nothing but ducks proving critical in claiming the four-wicket win over in Perth, with The Finisher getting us over the line with a spectacular last over.
6. Botha’s Retirement
Long-time BBL veteran and Hurricanes newbie Johan Botha announced his retirement on the 23rd of January. Botha played a significant role in the Hurricanes season with terrific bowling economy rates and efforts like 3/22 vs. his old side the Sydney Sixers. He will be missed by all those involved in the BBL.
7. Qais’ Debut
The 18-year old leg-spinning prodigy was welcomed to the Hurricanes in early February as a replacement for injured pace-bowler Tymal Mils.
He was crucial on multiple occasions to help get the victory with figures of 2/34, 2/22 and 3/33 in just three matches.
He added plenty of flavor to the squad with his launching celebrations and was an addition the Hurricanes that they’ll be hoping to welcome back in the coming seasons.
8. The Introduction of ‘Salmo’ the Tassal Salmon
For many teams the role of the mascot is to compliment the squad, but for Salmo it was all about stealing the show.
The Tassal Salmon mascot came onto the scene in style and went viral across Australia with his quirky moves and lovable (but funny looking) face. He captured the hearts and laughter of many BBL fans!