Phillips is the first female to be awarded the scholarship which is funded by the Lord Taverners and designed to allow a young Australian country cricketer (aged younger than 20) a trip to England to expand on their cricket experiences.

19-year old Phillips, who hails from Launceston, has played for the Cripps Tasmanian Roar for the past four seasons, debuting as a 16-year old in 2011-12.

She is also on the national radar, this year visiting the National Training Centre in Brisbane during the winter months for a camp with some of the country’s finest up and coming stars.

After completing her final year of school last year, Phillips’ will travel abroad for the first time in mid-April and says she cannot wait for the experience.

“It’s very exciting to get the chance to play overseas,” Phillips said.

“Playing in the England county competition is such a great opportunity to develop my cricket skills, and it will also be great for my own personal development.”

Despite being on the road with the Cripps Roar during the summer months and in the past with underage teams, Phillips said that the trip will be the longest she have ever spent away from home.

“I have always wanted to have a gap year, and as I just finished year 12 last year, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than being in England playing cricket.

“Hopefully this experience will help me develop my cricket skills both on and off the field, helping me mature as a player and build some confidence to carry into next season with the Cripps Tasmanian Roar.

Phillips is awaiting confirmation as to the club she will join but will be based in London for the six months. As well as playing for the county, she will also be involved in coaching and public relations activities.