This week, Simon Hill will play his 300th Victorian Premier First Grade match. In the days leading up to his phenomenal milestone, we'll be counting down the best innings of Hilly's magnificent career, which has included 16 centuries in the top grade. Sit back and enjoy as CMCC scribe Josh Nevett sits down with Simon to look back at his best five innings:
Usually a score of 208* would sit at the top of any players list of best innings, however such is the record of Simon Hill that this knock slots in at number two on our countdown.
Coming off 264 balls over a marathon 6 hours, the 208 runs scored represents his highest First XI score, featuring 24 boundaries and 3 maximums. The result of this incredible contribution, supported by 114 from Jake Martin, was an excellent total of 2/377 against Northcote in season 2014/15 on Bill Lawry Oval. As the scorecard would suggest, this match was definitely one for the batsmen.
“It was great to be there with Marto while he went about making his first 1st XI ton, he batted very well,” Hilly commented.
“The short straight boundaries at Northcote are handy for scoring so there were times in the day that all I tried to do was slog straight.”
Whilst on most days this would be enough to claim a win and six points for your team, this match did not quite go to script. Northcote successfully chased down the required runs in 101 overs with three wickets in hand, thanks to an even batting card that included 43 from Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
Despite this, Hilly’s knock was an epic display of endurance and stroke play, rightfully cementing itself as one his greatest innings in the black and white.
See the match scorecard here.