Jonathan Wells (cricketer)

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Jonathan Wells
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Wayne Wells
Born (1988-08-13) 13 August 1988 (age 29)
Hobart, Tasmania
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Middle-order batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2015 Tasmania
2015–present Western Australia
2011–2017 Hobart Hurricanes
2017–present Adelaide Strikers
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 49 30 62
Runs scored 2,215 678 1,112
Batting average 25.17 30.81 27.12
100s/50s 3/8 2/2 0/5
Top score 120 121* 72
Balls bowled 328 42 13
Wickets 1 1 0
Bowling average 203.00 36.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0
Best bowling 1/28 1/6
Catches/stumpings 32/– 9/– 21/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 February 2018

Jonathan Wayne Wells (born 13 August 1988) is an Australian cricket player, who plays for Western Australia in first-class and one-day cricket, and the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL). He originates from Tasmania, and represented Tasmania in both first-class and one-day cricket prior.

Wells spent several seasons on the cusp of selection for Tasmania before making his first-class debut in 2008. He spent the next seven years fighting to keep a spot in the state team while improving his form in both one-day and Twenty20 cricket, playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL. In 2015 he was cut from Tasmania's squad for the second time and moved to Western Australia to seek more opportunities, earning a contract with his new state in 2016.

Wells played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL for the first six seasons of the tournament before switching teams to the Adelaide Strikers. In his first season with the Strikers he won the tournament after coming up against his former side in the final.

Early life[edit]

Wells was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He was the 2004–05 Tasmanian under-17 "Player of the Championships", and was also the 2005 National under-17 "Player of the Championships". He gained selection in the Australian squad of 30 for the 2006 Under-19 World Cup and the Tasmanian second XI in 2005–06. He was called up to the Tigers' senior squad despite his youth in 2006 due to his impressive form in representative sides over the previous seasons. He went into his second season on a rookie contract, the 2007–08 season, looking to break into Tasmania's batting lineup,[1] but he didn't make his debut for the state until his third season.[2]

First-class career[edit]

Tasmania (2008–2015)[edit]

Wells received his first call up to the Tigers senior side in December 2008, based upon his solid performances in the Tasmanian Grade Cricket competition, and the indifferent form of the Tigers top order in the start of the 2008-09 season. He made his Sheffield Shield debut at home against the New South Wales Blues, and despite nervously running himself out for 4 in his first innings, he made a solid contribution of 46 in the second innings to give an indication of his potential at first-class level.[3] He took advantage of Tasmania's unsettled top order and played six matches during the season.[2][4] The highlights of his season were an 85 he scored against New South Wales[5] and a 98 against Victoria, falling just short of scoring a maiden first-class century.[6] Wells was upgraded to a full contract with Tasmania after his debut season,[2] but for the rest of his time with the team he failed to secure a permanent place in the squad. Often he was forced to play for Tasmania's second XI and in grade cricket.[4]

After a few years in the system Wells started to have more success in limited overs cricket. Wells made his Twenty20 debut in the 2010–11 Big Bash for Tasmania, filling in for Tim Paine, and scored 51 not out in his first innings as Tasmania demolished Victoria.[7] He also scored his maiden List A century against Queensland in the 2011–12 Ryobi Cup with 121 not out, helping to secure Tasmania's spot in the tournament's final.[8] Despite his improving form he was dropped from Tasmania's contract list in 2012.[9]

After being cut from Tasmania's list Wells started to make his way back up through the ranks in Twenty20 cricket, playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the recently created Big Bash League. He established himself as a regular member of the Hurricanes' team during BBL|03,[4] and his form in grade cricket was also exceptional. He won the Emerson Rodwell Medal, Tasmania's grade cricket medal for the best player of the season, after the 2013–14 season. He amassed 752 runs at an average of 72.20 and also bowled well, taking eight wickets. It was the first time he had won the medal after finishing in second place twice before.[10]

Wells had the best season of his career yet in the 2014–15 summer. He made his way back into Tasmania's team and scored a century in a one-day match against Victoria.[11] In BBL|04 he scored half-centuries against both the Melbourne Stars and the Adelaide Strikers with 68 and 58 respectively.[12][13] He was among Tasmania's best batsmen for the season. He had the team's third best batting average in the Sheffield Shield and was their third-highest run scorer in one day matches.[14] Regardless of his improvement, after playing 35 first-class matches and 26 one-day matches for Tasmania, he was again cut from their contract list. He moved to Western Australia, seeking more opportunities to play first-class and one-day cricket,[15] but he was kept on by the Hurricanes for Twenty20 matches.[14]

Western Australia (2015–present)[edit]

Despite not being contracted to Western Australia in the 2015-16 season, he was named in the squad for the Matador Cup, Australia's one-day tournament,[16] and played two Sheffield Shield matches for the state.[4] He was one of eight players added to Western Australia's contract list for the 2016–17 season after impressing selectors enough in his two Shield matches.[17][18]

He did not play in the first match of the 2016-17 Sheffield Shield season, but after scoring 153 and 149 not out for Western Australia Under-23s against Victoria Under-23s[19] he was selected for the second Shield match to replace Shaun Marsh, who was on Test duty. In Western Australia's third match he scored 120, his first first-class century, in the second innings,[20][21] and two matches later he scored 113 not out to take Western Australia to their first victory of the season by eight wickets.[22][23] He also fired in BBL|06, with 137 runs for the Hurricanes at a strike-rate of 130.47, his best performance coming against the Adelaide Strikers, scoring a quickfire 55 off 37 balls.[24]

Wells signed with the Adelaide Strikers to play for them in BBL|07, his first team change after playing 45 games in six seasons for the Hurricanes.[24] His highlight of the tournament came in a match against the Sydney Sixers when he hit a six a distance of 104 metres, landing the ball on the roof of the O'Reilly stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[25][26] He finished the tournament by winning the final with the Strikers against his former side the Hurricanes and becoming a BBL champion.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Wells". Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Huf, Ben. "Jonathan Wells | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield Shield at Hobart, Dec 2-4 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jonathan Wells". Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cameron wraps up comprehensive NSW win". ESPNcricinfo. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Pattinson shows fine style before Bushrangers slip". ESPNcricinfo. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Malcolm, Alex (11 January 2011). "Tasmania demolish Victoria by nine wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Cowan, Wells push Tasmania into final". ESPNcricinfo. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Drew, Kruger among eight axed by Tasmania". ESPNcricinfo. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Wells Wins Emerson Rodwell Medal". 27 March 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Wells, Rainbird set up big Tasmania win". ESPNcricinfo. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Wilde, Freddie (20 December 2014). "Wells, Hilfenhaus subdue Stars". ESPNcricinfo. 
  13. ^ "Clinical Strikers crush Hurricanes". ESPNcricinfo. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Bresnehan, James (8 April 2015). "Tigers dump batsman Jonathan Wells". The Mercury. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  15. ^ Stubbs, Brett (17 July 2015). "Tasmanian Tigers discard Jonathan Wells heads to WA". The Mercury. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Klinger to captain Western Australia". ESPNcricinfo. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  17. ^ McArdle, Jordan (22 April 2016). "WACA 2016-17 contracts: Left-arm quick Ryan Duffield returns, ex-Tasmania batsman Jonathan Wells included". PerthNow. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "Warriors invest in local talent". 22 April 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Victoria Under-23s v Western Australia Under-23s 2016-17"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Western Australia v Tasmania 2016-17"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "Tons for Whiteman, Wells; Behrendorff takes five". ESPNcricinfo. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  22. ^ "Western Australia v Queensland 2016-17"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "Wells, Mackin fire Western Australia to first win". ESPNcricinfo. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  24. ^ a b Bresnehan, James (30 August 2017). "Jonathan Wells leaves Hurricanes camp for Adelaide Strikers for BBL07". The Mercury. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Jonathan Wells smashes 104m six against Sydney Sixers in BBL clash at SCG". 28 December 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  26. ^ "Video: Jonathan Wells hits huge BBL six onto SCG roof in Sixers v Strikers". The Daily Telegraph. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  27. ^ "Final, Big Bash League at Adelaide, Feb 4 2018 | Match Summary". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 

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