Rhodes recovers from debut duck to shine for Yorkshire

WALKING TALL -- Will Rhodes (left) and Alex Lees walk off after their unbeaten century stand had clinched Yorkshire a ten-wicket victory over Worcestershire. (PHOTO BY: Tony Marsh/Cricpix)

WALKING TALL -- Will Rhodes (left) and Alex Lees walk off after their unbeaten century stand had clinched Yorkshire a ten-wicket victory over Worcestershire. (PHOTO BY: Tony Marsh/Cricpix)

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The professional cricketer whose family’s roots are embedded in Hucknall recovered superbly from a disastrous start to his County Championship career.

Debutant Will Rhodes (19) was entrusted with opening the batting for First Division champions Yorkshire in the opening match of the 2015 campaign away to Worcestershire.

He was out to a fifth-ball duck, but bounced back to score an unbeaten 45 in the second innings when he shared a century stand with Alex Lees to guide the Tykes to a ten-wicket victory.

Rhodes’s grandfather, Peter (81), lives in Hucknall and his great grandfather, Cecil, was hugely instrumental in the growth and success of Hucknall Cricket Club. So it must have been like a poignant homecoming when Rhodes travelled to Trent Bridge this week to play in Yorkshire’s second County Championship fixture against Notts.

He didn’t let the side down either, stroking a fine 41 as the visitors responded well to Notts’s massive total of 428 in a match that ended in a draw. Rhodes was eventually caught by Samit Patel off the bowling of Harry Gurney.

An all-rounder who captained England at the ICC Under-19s World Cup last year, Rhodes also bagged his first three wickets at Trent Bridge, removing Rikki Wessels, Patel and James Taylor after two blank spells at Worcester.