EY’s Nick Hobson becomes instant Scorchers hero in latest title win

13 February 2023 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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Perth-based Ernst & Young transactions consultant Nick Hobson has entered Western Australian cricketing folklore by smashing the winning runs to seal the Scorchers fifth BBL title.

Considering Australia’s woeful batting display against India during the first test in Nagpur, the national selectors could probably do worse than issue a call-up to Ernst & Young senior consultant Nick Hobson, who became an instant hero in the Perth Scorchers' championship victory over Brisbane Heat after facing less than 100 balls across the Big Bash season.

Hobson has been with EY for the past five years as a member of the firm’s Strategy & Transactions division.

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“Congratulations to Nick Hobson, who played a crucial role in securing the Perth Scorchers’ fifth BBL cricket title over the weekend – hitting the winning runs in a thrilling final at Optus Stadium alongside teammate Cooper Connelly,” EY’s Strategy & Transactions regional managing partner Shannon Cotter posted on LinkedIn.

“EY has a strong culture of flexible working, with Nick working flexibly throughout the year, and we are proud to support him in achieving his sporting goals.”

Coming to the crease with 42 still required off 23 balls and caught in an ugly mix-up which saw in-form batsman Ashton Turner run out just two balls later, Hobson then found himself on strike in the final over with 9 runs left to chase. The left-hander made short work of it, smashing a towering six over deep mid-wicket off the second delivery and then backing it up with a sliced four to secure the Scorchers’ fifth league title, Hobson finishing with an unbeaten 18 off just seven balls.

Those seven balls are equal to half the number he had faced over the past five matches, with the 28 year-old having not been required to bat in six out his last eight appearances. Despite being starved of opportunities out in the middle, Hobson played every game of the season, benefiting from the absence of Mitch Marsh and Cameron Green among others due to injuries and international duties. Still, Hobson was “stoked” just to be given the opportunity.

Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald after the famous victory, Hobson, who made his Twenty20 debut in 2019 and played three uncontracted one-day matches with WA in 2021, said he “couldn’t have dreamed of it”, while noting he probably wasn’t ready to give up his day job just yet. Hobson did however sneak in another week off following the final to “let it all decompress”, despite his holiday leave having supposedly meant to have concluded.

The senior consultant’s heroics are not the only sporting moments of glory shared around the firm in recent times, with Sydney-based EY-Parthenon manager and world champion rower Jessica Morrison winning gold for Australia in the women’s coxless four at the Tokyo Olympics. Fellow Olympic rowing gold medalist Kim Brennan also joined EY following the Rio Games as part of the firm’s elite athletes program, having since become a consulting partner in the ACT.

Meanwhile, Hobson probably wasn’t the only EY consultant to pop up in the online searches of mad cricketing fans last week, with real estate partner Todd Murphy joining the firm upon its purchase of project management consultancy Cadence last year. His namesake, the previously unheralded off-spinner, was one of the few highlights of the India series opener, Murphy’s return of 7-124 in his first outing in the baggy green ranking as the sixth best for an Australian on debut.