It was a very special and emotional day for Irish international Lara Maritz who scored her maiden century for Phoenix against The Hills last week.

The 20 year-old reflected not only on her personal milestone, but more importantly, a first win in the top flight for the young Phoenix side in almost 30 years.

"I was batting at number three , but we lost a lost wicket first ball, so I knew I had to stay in for the 20 overs.

"I have to admit it was a strange feeling playing against my twin sister Tess, who was in my eyeline most of the match. I'm not sure if that was a deliberate tactic by The Hills!

Lara Maritz: Pic Rodney Smythe

"I settled pretty quickly, hitting a few boundaries which calmed me down, and reached fifty just before the halfway stage, but was thinking more about getting big total for the team rather than any personal milestones.

"I shared a big partnership with Georgina Dempsey that put us in a really strong position, and was then joined by Ashlee King.

"Iíd reached 80 by the 16th over, and looked over at my dad who told me to just breathe, take a minute and settle down as I knew by this stage I was close to a hundred.

"It was very special for me to have my dad Eksteen and mum Chantelle there at the match. My dad Eksteen worked so hard with me and my sister Tess and it meant so much that he was there to witness it.

"Iíd got close to a hundred last year making 97 not out against YMCA, so it was fantastic to get to the hundred this time. My dad is my idol, and he was the reason I got into cricket in the first place.

The Maritz sisters

"While Iíd been concentrating on just getting as many for the team, Ashlee told me that I was on 96. I was like, donít tell me that! Thankfully I hit a boundary to get to the 100 mark, which was such a great feeling and very emotional with everyone there.

"It was great to get the century, but more importantly it helped us get to a total of 210 which was excellent especially as we had been beaten two days before by a very strong Leinster side.

"We are a very young side at Phoenix with our average age under 20. We showed great character to bounce back after that result and gain our first win at the top level in 29 years.

"We are lucky in that nearly all our team can bowl, so with that total we knew if we bowled tight lines and fielded well we should win. We were taking nothing for granted though because this is the Premier League and this is our first year back having been in Division Two.

"Thankfully we managed to win pretty convincingly in the end and that was a very special result for everyone at the club to get our first win in the top flight since the 1990ís. It will give our young team great confidence going forward. Weíve got to use this result as a springboard, work and play hard, show the other sides in the division that we belong and deserve to be here.

"Iíve great belief in this team and our abilities. Iím certain we will continue to grow and improve if everyone chips in. Itís important we enjoy it and have fun. We will be competing against teams with international players throughout and thatís going to be tough.

"The girls though are relishing the challenge and love playing against players of this calibre. Our main aim as a team this year is to grow and I think if we stay together as a group we will have a really strong side that will only get better over the next three years and while we are certainly underdogs at the moment, we will be worth keeping an eye out for."