South Launceston hopped off the team bus at Westbury last weekend knowing just two of the past eight visiting sides had made it past 117.
At 3-20 the Knights looked in danger of becoming the latest side to be squeezed dry at Ingamells Oval – enter Nathan Philip.
The left-hander burst out of the blocks and, save for a chance in the 60s, was unstoppable as he plundered his way to a breathtaking 133.
The knock was his first ton in more than three years and helped the Knights become just the fifth side to win at Westbury since 2014-15.
“It was really good to find a bit of form again,” the 25-year-old said after being named the player of round 6.
“I haven’t been scoring many runs of late so it was good to get out there and spend a bit of time at the crease.
“I came in at a fairly tricky situation but myself and James Lee put on a really good partnership and I really enjoyed batting with him.
“I chanced my arm a bit early and once I got my 100 I started trying to score as many runs as I could in the last 10 overs, but through the middle I just tried to turn the strike over a bit.”
Hobart-born, Philip moved to Launceston for uni as an 18-year-old and scored tons in his third and fourth Cricket North appearances.
Coming off a big hundred at one of the toughest locations in the Greater Northern Cup, the physiotherapist will fancy his chances of knocking another before the season’s out.
“I was saying to the boys after the game I didn’t think I’d won too many games out (at Westbury),” he said.
“It might have only been my second win out there, so it was really good to get a victory over who we consider to be favourites and the benchmark this year.”
PHILIP’S GREATEST HITS
- 161 v Mowbray (2013-14)
- 133 v Westbury (2018-19)
- 114 v Launceston (2015-16)
- 109 v George Town (2011-12)
- 107* v Launceston (2012-13)
- 104 v George Town (2011-12)
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