Joondalup Districts Northern Centurions batsman Tim Zsilinsky has become the third player for the club to make a century on debut after scoring a blistering 122 runs during Saturday’s Round 7 win over Scarborough.
After biding his time in second-grade for over seven years, the 25-year-old finally broke into the first-grade side and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
“It’s about seven years in the making, I reckon,” Zsilinsky said.
“I’ve been a keeper in the two’s for a long time, so it’s just been really hard to break into the one’s line up with guys like Jaron Morgan in front of me.”
Perhaps a blessing in disguise, playing for so many years in the second-grade side has given Zsilinsky plenty of time to fine-tune his playing style for when his opportunity arose.
“I’m a bit of a grafter,” he said.
“I’m not the most naturally gifted batsman, but I’m a grinder, I like to grind out an innings.
“I think I’ve learnt to really value my wicket, not give my wicket away cheaply and really just be willing to fight out the contest.”
After completing the historic knock, where he also became the 19th player in the history of the competition to score a century on debut, Zsilinsky felt it was just a reward for his hard work and perseverance.
“I felt like it was a nice reward for so many years of hard work,” he said.
“It was such an unreal feeling, it still hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“I was pretty nervous and really unsure of how the day would pan out, I just wanted to do the best I could so it was really nice to contribute as much as I did.”
Although sitting ninth on the ladder with three wins and four losses, Zsilinsky feels the Centurions are slowly hitting their straps towards the middle of the season.
“We had a bit of a slow start but I feel like we are building,” he said.
“We’ve been putting some good performances together with bat and ball so hopefully we can keep pushing up the ladder towards the end of the season.”
Joondalup’s next match is against Perth at Iluka Sports Complex 1 on Saturday December 9 at 11:40am.