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Vaughan plays a strategic role in Tasmanian cricket

Wednesday, 29th January, 2020

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By Peter Argent

Broken Hill greatest cricketing export, Jeff Vaughan, played an important role behind the scenes for the Hobart Hurricanes, as they grabbed a pivotal late season victory on Australia Day to propel the team into the new-look finals series of the Big Bash League (BBL) version number nine. 

The Hurricanes have charged back into BBL contention with three wins to finish a long-winded minor round series. 

On the back of a wonderful 130 not out by Matt Wade and a 203-run opening partnership with D’Arcy Short, the Hurricanes have snatched a place in the elimination final next Thursday and forced their hosts, the Adelaide Strikers, into the third place eliminator next Saturday night. 

In a run feast, 424 runs were scored on a flat Adelaide Oval where the visitors got up by 10 runs. 

Vaughan is a key member of the Hurricanes’ coaching staff, alongside Adam Griffith, the Tasmanian Tigers’ Head Coach, and former New Zealand international Ben Rohrer as an Assistant Coach.

In September, Cricket Tasmania made a change to the Tasmanian Tigers’ Sheffield Shield coaching structure for the 2019-20 season, promoting Senior Assistant Coach, Jeff Vaughan, to Head Coach.

He had overseen the Tasmanian Male Program for six weeks during the 2019-20 pre-season when Griffith was embedded in the Australian coaching set-up at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England.

“Being offered this rare opportunity to be at the head of the Tigers’ Sheffield Shield side is a really exciting moment for me and I’m ready to learn as much as I can from the experience,” Vaughan said.

“The playing group have put in a really solid body of work across the winter and they’re working hard.” 

Tasmania is fifth on the Sheffield Shield ladder, just behind the South Australian Redback. 

With Greg Blewett as the acting senior coach, South Australia defeated the Tigers, snapping an 18-match Sheffield Shield losing streak in the last round before Christmas, with the man in charge Jamie Siddons was away on personal leave. 

Vaughan, who played 28 first-class and 24 one-day games for SA had previously spent two periods as caretaker coach of the Redbacks. 

He would seem a prime candidate for the role on a full time basis, although he looks entrenched and comfortable in his role on the Apple Isle.

Many good judges in SACA cricket circles believe the state needs a big shake up in the coaching ranks. 

The perilous state of cricket at the SACA goes much deeper than just the large losing streak at Shield level, as six of the 12 players that took the field in the Redbacks’ first win in three seasons at Belrieve, are interstate recruits. 

Club cricket, where our Redbacks players should come from in Adelaide is ailing as players leave the game. 

Cricket Australia’s 2018-19 census data showed an 8.6 per cent drop in male players on the previous season.

Highly respected by his peers, Vaughan is just the right person to be the next senior coach of the SA program if he can be lured back from Tasmania.

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