22/02/2024

Hobart Hurricanes recruit Sam Heazlett has made an immediate impact in the Apple Isle with South Hobart-Sandy Bay Cricket Club - SHSB Cricket Club/Facebook

Recent Hobart Hurricanes signing Sam Heazlett has wasted no time in giving Tasmanian cricket fans a glimpse of his class ahead of the upcoming BBL13 season.

Suiting up this weekend for Cricket Tasmania Premier League outfit, South Hobart-Sandy Bay, the new recruit was at his scintillating best.

Blasting an unbeaten 126 from 92 balls in Saturday’s one-day clash with the Greater Northern Raiders, Heazlett backed his ton up with a 64 from 40 ball effort in a T20 against New Town.

It is this kind of form that the Queenslander hopes will carry over to the upcoming Big Bash season.

Now finding himself in a Hurricanes side consistently finding itself wanting, Heazlett has opened up on his desire to make an impact.

“It’s a great team on paper,” he told media on Friday.

“I think Hobart have had that over the years and haven’t had the success they deserve or are capable of.

“So (I would) definitely like to change that this year and get to the final and try and get us over the line with a win there.”

A mainstay in the Brisbane Heat set up over the past eight years, Heazlett found himself on the outer during the 2022/23 season.

Managing just two matches from the campaign, both during the finals, the 28 year old felt the need to explore his options.

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When the Hurricanes came knocking, the thought of a move south became quite appealing.

“After last season playing with the Brisbane Heat, I didn’t get as many playing opportunities as I would have liked,” Heazlett told.

“It was nice to play in the semi-final and the final, but didn’t get much through the year. So I was just looking for opportunities to play cricket and get more time in the middle.

“I’ve spoken to a few guys who have played in Tassie and for the Hurricanes as well. They only said good things.

“All the factors came together and when I heard Hobart were interested, that was where I was wanting to play and give it a crack.”

Known primarily as a well balanced, strike rotating opening batter, Heazlett believes his game translates well to Hobart’s team structure.

Having chalked up 50 league games on his ledger, experience and a mature approach to batting are, in his eyes, the key attributes that he will bring to the ‘Purple Army’ this summer.

“I’m probably not a guy who tries to go out and hit a six every ball,” he said.

“I like to rely on playing good cricket shots, hitting the ball along the ground, trying to just get off strike every ball and knowing a few zones where I’m going to be able to find that boundary.

“When it comes to sixes, pull shots and sweep shots against quicks and spin is my go to option.”

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