Most players in their debut season simply hope to make a solid impression and find their feet but for Glenn Phillips his maiden Twenty20 season for the Auckland Aces has seen him finish as the competition’s leading run scorer.
Before the start of the competition Glenn Phillips had three previous appearances for Auckland all in List A cricket and even in that small sample size he’d shown his potential notching a century in Alexandra last season. He showed clear intent with his debut Twenty20 knock for Auckland raising his bat for a half-century against the Otago Volts. He carried on in that fine form for the rest of the season helping Auckland get off to a number of excellent starts with his positive approach at the top. He would save his best for last though as he showed impressive touch to notch 116 not out against the Central Stags.
Until the 3rd of January this year just three players had made Twenty20 centuries for Auckland, Glenn Phillips stormed onto the list with an impressive afternoon of power batting against the Central Stags at Eden Park Outer Oval. In his 57 ball stay at the crease Phillips’ hit nine sixes and eight fours as he helped Auckland post a lofty 212. His 116 the joint highest score of the competition with Mahela Jayawardena.
Averaging nearly fifty in your debut season of domestic Twenty20 cricket is impressive stuff and Phillips showed across 10 innings at the top of Auckland’s order that he can well and truly transfer the pyrotechnics he has been producing at age group and A tournaments in the last few years to the next level. His 369 runs came at a strike rate of 143.02.
Not only was Phillips charged with opening the batting for Auckland in his maiden season he was also handed the keeping gloves. Phillips showed he also can handle himself in the field as he claimed seven catches and two stumpings in a tidy debut campaign.
The leading run scorer in last year’s competition has a number of things in common with Glenn Phillips. Colin Munro not only is an Auckland teammate of the 20-year-old but the two also share a club with Howick Pakuranga and a country of birth with South Africa. Since topping the Super Smash run chart Munro has gone on to enjoy strong form in both domestic and international cricket, including notching his first international century. What will the next year hold for Glenn Phillips?