The speed-dating version of Lincoln Peters life is this: grew up in the tiny NSW town of Hillston; studied teaching at the University of Sydney, where he met and fell in love with physiotherapist Ann Buchan; moved to Tamworth with her to work at Peel High School, where he met North Tamworth gun Michael Rixon, who convinced him to join the side.
That was in 2015. And while Peters has since left Peel High, and is currently working as a casual at Farrer, he has remained at Norths and is now in his fifth season of first grade.
On Saturday at Riverside 2, he struck 10 fours and a six in a rapid-fire 57 not to steer the Redbacks to a nine-wicket one-day defeat of Bective-East. They have started the season with four-straight wins and lead the competition.
Bowling right-arm seamers, Peters, 28, finished with 1-16 off four overs.
Given he is a country boy, he considers himself lucky to be living in Tamworth. The five years he spent in Sydney was "pretty much about as much as could stomach" of big city life.
"I was on one of those teaching scholarships, so they send you somewhere and you teach there for three years," he said. "So we were pretty lucky to get a place like Tamworth. We really like the town; it's really grown on us."
Peters has not won a premiership with Norths - their last title coming in 2012-13. He said the Redbacks were driven by a strong desire to claim their first premiership since 2012-13. "I think we've got a lot of goals as a team that we're all sort of working towards. That's four wins in a row now."
After winning the toss and batting, Bective East were dismissed for 128 in the 37th over. Chris Paterson and Tom Laird top-scored with 23, while three Redbacks took two wickets: Brad Redshaw (2-12 off 5.3 overs), Harrison Hague (2-17 off four) and Adam Mills (2-25 off eight).
Norths only needed 14.3 overs to pass the Bulls' total, with Peters finishing his innings by blasting four-straight boundaries.