On a good wicket
By STEVE SPINKS
MATTHEW PHELPS should buy a raffle ticket.
To say the former Clunes cricketer has a couple of good months is an understatement.
Firstly, he won his first Pura Cup with the NSW team against arch-rivals Queensland in Brisbane.
Only a couple of weeks later, the right-handed batsman was a member of the Sydney University team that won the Sydney first grade final.
For Phelps, who has been playing Sydney grade for more than a decade, it was a great moment.
But things have got even better.
Phelps' wife, Tamara, gave birth to their first daughter, Mia, last Tuesday.
Mia is a sister for Thomas, who is two.
But don't think it's been a two-month long party for the former Southern Districts batsman.
"I'm just trying to get enough sleep at the moment," Phelps chuckled.
He even admitted that once celebrations got into full swing after the Sydney grade final he was a noticeable absentee.
"Unfortunately, you can't do those type of things when your wife is 38 or 39 weeks pregnant," the 32-year-old said.
The Sydney Uni celebrations even made the Sydney papers, with former Test spinner Greg Matthews putting his connections to good use.
One party was held at John Singleton's house at Mount White on the Central Coast where party-goers included league great Johnny Raper.
Phelps is currently studying a Masters in Business through Sydney Uni and is busily preparing for a number of tests in the coming weeks.
The way he's been going lately, no doubt he'll get a distinction.