The player rosters for both the Tasmanian Tigers and Tasmanian Roar State Cricket Squads have been finalised:
2018-19 TASMANIAN TIGERS MEN’S SQUAD
Cricket Australia Contract (1): Tim PAINE – Test & ODI Captain
Full State Contract (19)
Jackson BIRD – From Cricket Australia
Caleb JEWELL – Upgraded
Hamish KINGSTON – Re-Contracted
Riley MEREDITH – Upgraded
Gurinder SANDHU – From NSW Blues
Matthew WADE – From Cricket Australia
Rookie Contract (6)
Jack WHITE – New from Tasmania
Jarrod FREEMAN – New from Tasmania
Lawrence NEIL-SMITH – New from NSW
New Players (5)
Jarrod FREEMAN – Lindisfarne/Mowbray Cricket Clubs
Hamish KINGSTON – South Hobart/Sandy Bay Cricket Club
Lawrence NEIL-SMITH – New South Wales
Gurinder SANDHU – New South Wales Blues
Jack WHITE – North Hobart Cricket Club
No Longer Contracted (7)
2018-19 TASMANIAN ROAR WOMEN’S SQUAD
Full State Contract (14)
New Players (3)
Ashley DAY – New South Wales
Emma MANIX-GEEVES – Riverside Cricket Club
Sasha MOLONEY – University Cricket Club
No Longer Contracted (3)
Both squads reflect a strong Tasmanian influence with local talent being rewarded for their performances and hard work over years in Tasmania’s Cricket Pathway system and the Cricket Tasmania Premier League.
For the men, two Tasmanians have been upgraded from last year’s Rookie List to full contracts in the athletic 21-year-old rising right-arm fast-medium bowler Riley Meredith, and fellow 21-year-old left-hand batting sensation Caleb Jewell – both from Tasmania’s Under-23 Squad.
Meredith has played two First-Class matches (VIC v TAS, Nov 2017 & TAS v WA, Feb 2018) taking two wickets, seven List-A games for Tasmania from January to October 2017 for five wickets, plus two T20s for the Hurricanes taking 1/29 in the Semi-Final against the Scorchers then 0/34 in the Final versus the Strikers.
Meanwhile Jewell has represented Tasmania since his Under-17 days and played in three First-Class matches across 2016-2017 and six List-A games during 2016 (62 top score).
In mid-2015, the wicketkeeper-batsman also travelled to England with Australia's Under-19 Squad for the 'Youth Ashes'.
27-year-old all-rounder Hamish Kingston is back on the contract list after earlier stints for the State in 2010-11 and 2015-16 thanks to hard work, great club performances and dedication to fight back into the squad.
Young Tasmanian talents Jarrod Freeman and Jack White have been added to the Rookie List as young players to watch alongside New South Wales rookie Lawrence Neil-Smith.
The highest profile new import is 24-year-old towering right-arm fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu from New South Wales after six years playing with the Blues.
Sandhu has racked up two ODIs for three wickets, 32 First-Class matches for 72 wickets and 45 List-A games for 80 wickets, with his 194cm height giving him impressive bounce and swing with the ball both ways.
Cricket Tasmania would also like to thank the outgoing cricketers headlined by Dunk, Boyce and Fekete for their hard work, dedication and service to the squad, and we wish them all the very best for their future.
In the women’s Roar Squad there’s been a three-player turnover with Tasmanian locals – TAS Under-18 co-captain and wicketkeeper-batter Emma Manix-Geeves (210 games, 4207 runs, 27.14 batting average, 119 HS) and 25-year-old right-hand batter, off-spinner and Hurricanes WBBL regular Sasha Moloney being newly contracted alongside Ashley Day from New South Wales grade cricket.
Departing with the Roar’s sincere gratitude and best wishes is retiring 34-year-old local legend Emily Divin as well as 34-year-old Irish all-rounder Isobel Joyce and 30-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Laura Wright.