Will Rhodes’s first major tour as an England cricket captain ended on a high -- with victory over the old enemy, Australia.
Rhodes, whose family hail from Hucknall, led his side to the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19s World Cup in the Inited Arab Emirates.
And although they were beaten in the last over by Pakistan, England beat the Aussies in a thrilling third/fourth place play-off in Dubai last Friday.
All-rounder Rhodes, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Sunday, took two for 35 in eight overs as Australia made 246 for seven.
And then he hit 28 with the bat as England reached their target with one wicket and two balls to spare.
Rhodes, who lives in Cottingham, near Hull, now returns to his county, Yorkshire, where he is hoping to make a big impact during the 2014 season.
His dad, Robert, is the son of Hucknall man Peter Rhodes (80), who lives on Brickyard Drive, Hucknall with wife Jane.
Peter and brother E.C. (‘Cis’) Rhodes (77), who lives in Nottingham, played for Hucknall CC, following in the footsteps of their father, Cecil, who was the club’s mainstay for many years, both as a player and administrator.