West Australian batsman Josh Philippe has reminded State selectors of his prowess and power, smashing a half century for Scarborough today in the WA Premier Cricket competition.
The 21-year-old, who has played eight first class games since debuting in February, was dropped for this week’s game against New South Wales as the Warriors welcomed Shaun Marsh, Ashton Agar and Marcus Stoinis back from international duty.
But with spots up for grabs ahead of their clash against Victoria at the MCG starting on Friday, Philippe did his best to put his hand up for selection, belting 11 boundaries in knock of 61 from 71 balls against Claremont-Nedlands at Abbett Park.
Philippe scored his maiden first class century against the Bushrangers at the WACA in October, but has since struggled, scoring just 26 runs in five knocks for the Warriors.
Meanwhile, Will Bosisto has rebounded from making just one run against New South Wales to post 54 for University against Perth at Fletcher Park.
The opener was watchful for much of his 151-ball innings, but combined well with former Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Sabburg (40) to help combat Perth’s fiery bowling line-up.
WA vice-captain Ashton Turner hit six boundaries in his 35 for Fremantle against South Perth, saving his side from what was a troubled start to the game.
Suspended opener Cameron Bancroft continued to dominate the competition, hitting a watchful 63 from 177 balls for Willetton against Wanneroo.
Bancroft has now scored 413 runs in the competition, including a magnificent 154 last weekend against University.