A dominate 75 by last season’s Emerson Rodwell medalist and Demons Captain, Caleb Jewell, helped guide North Hobart to victory over Lindisfarne in the 2018/19 Detail First Twenty20 Grand Final.
With a place in the inaugural Fox Cricket National Premier T20 Championships on the line, both sides gave it their all and put on a fantastic show in what was the first time the two clubs had met in a first-grade grand final across all formats.
The Demons won the toss and elected to chase, a decision in which they have enjoyed success from throughout the course of their T20 campaign. Openers Charlie Wakim and Mac Wright set a strong pace early and were cruising at 0/89 before a loose shot from skipper Wakim sent him packing for 48 after being caught by Kade Applebee off the bowling of Jack White.
The wicket of Wakim slowed the blistering Lightning run-rate right down and it took a few overs for new batsmen Ben McDermott to find his feet with opener Wright. With the inclusion of Demon Robb Macmillan back into the attack, it was go time for the Lindisfarne duo with the pair taking 8 off his over. This then saw Tom Rogers back into the attack and with it 11 runs off the over.
The Lightning were back on track until Kade Applebee again got the ball in his hands, this time off the bowling of Ben Fraser to take the valuable wicket of McDermott for 29. The Lightning middle order tried to salvage the innings and bat around Mac Wright, who remained unbeaten on 67, but in the end were restricted to 6/155 from their 20 overs.
With the Demons needing 156 to win, at run-rate of 7.8, they came out of the blocks firing thanks to some hard-hitting from Hurricanes teammates Caleb Jewell and Jake Doran. The pair put on a 100-run partnership before Doran fell for 61 off the bowling of Lindisfarne quick Tom Briscoe. Sydney Sixer Jordan Silk (17 not out) then joined Jewell at the crease finishing off the job in the 18th over and guiding his side to an 8 wicket victory.
Captain Caleb Jewell’s dominant display of 75 with the willow crowned him Player of the Final in what was a fantastic finish to the Twenty20 season.
North Hobart will now progress to the inaugural Fox Cricket National Premier T20 Championships to be held in Adelaide in March.