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Philippe named BBL player of the tournament

West Australian young gun Josh Philippe's has continued his meteoric rise, recognised as the BBL10 player of the tournament on Thursday.

Philippe was a narrow winner of the competition's top individual award after he polled 22 votes to edge out Alex Hales of the Sydney Thunder by two votes, with Perth Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson third with 19 votes.

Votes are awarded throughout the season by the on-field umpires.

Philippe has already accumulated 499 runs at an average of 33.26 at an impressive strike rate of 150.30 – the third best behind Hales and Brisbane Heat skipper Chris Lynn among the BBL's top-20 most prolific batsmen.

The gifted 23-year-old blasted a career-best 95 from just 57 balls against the Melbourne Renegades in December.

Last month, he produced hands of 64 and 84 in consecutive matches against the Thunder and Scorchers respectively.

Philippe hit 45 in Saturday's Qualifier final against the Scorchers to help the Sixers earn a direct passage through to this weekend's final. Sydney will play the winner of Thursday night's preliminary final between the Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval.

IMAGE: Cricket Australia.


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