STAR all-rounder Cameron Phillips is quickly making his mark in the Chinchilla and District Cricket Association premiership.
In his first match for Taroom-Wandoan prior to the bye last weekend, Phillips top scored with what he called a “rusty” 68 against Miles.
The 25-year-old farmer certainly showed he had shrugged off any rustiness by belting a century in the tight, 28-run win over Canaga on the weekend.
He again backed up his work with the willow by cleaning up Canaga’s middle order with the ball, taking 3/59.
Phillips dominated Taroom-Wandoan’s innings of 252, with batsman forced to retire when reaching triple figures. He was not out 101.
Taroom’s openers saw the side off to a reasonable start with both reaching late-20s before Phillips, batting at three, stole the show.
He said Canaga’s bowlers had restricted Taroom’s scoring for the first part of the match to only 130 off 34 overs.
With wickets in hand, Phillips and the middle order blasted the attack to score 120 in the last 15 overs.
Phillips’ ton included nine fours and three sixes while the Canaga attack shared the five Taroom wickets evenly between five bowlers, with B. Davison (1/16) the best figures. Number five batsman Matt Wood top-scored in Canaga’s chase with 69 but was one of Phillips’ scalps.
After the loss of key batsman opener Ross Maben for four, the next three batsmen steadied the ship somewhat, all making it into the mid-20s or higher, with first drop Mel Flynn hitting 39, including six fours.
Taroom’s Will Argus battled the top order, taking 3/26 to have Canaga struggling at 5/121, before Wood and James Heathwood (22) put on a 68-run partnership until Phillips struck to claim Wood.
Rob Lethbridge (3/37) cleaned up the opposition tail and kept Taroom at the top of the ladder with just one loss after five rounds.
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