Skipper with Hucknall links leads England to World Cup quarter-finals

CAPTAIN MARVEL -- Will Rhodes.
CAPTAIN MARVEL -- Will Rhodes.

A cricket captain with strong Hucknall links has led England to the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19s World Cup.

Will Rhodes (18), who plays for Yorkshire, is the grandson of Hucknall man Peter Rhodes (80) and the grand-nephew of Peter’s brother, E.C. ‘Cis’ Rhodes (77), who lives in Nottingham.

And he has used his considerable family influence to help England into the last eight of the prestigious 50-over tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Although they suffered a scare when losing by one wicket to Sri Lanka in their second qualifying-group match, they won the other two and now face defending champions India in the first knockout match in Dubai tomorrow (Saturday) morning, which will be shown live on Sky Sports TV.

All-rounder Will has proved handy with both bat and ball in the three games so far.

He returned the best bowling figures of three for 14 in seven overs in England’s landslide 213-run victory over the UAE. He scored 38 and took two for 45 in 9.5 overs against Sri Lanka. And then he hit 33 in the crucial 115-run triumph over New Zealand.

Will, who lives in Cottenham, near Hull, is the son of Robert Rhodes (49), who is Peter’s son.

The Rhodes family formed the backbone of Hucknall Cricket Club for many years, dating back to the 1920s.

Cecil Rhodes, the father of Peter and ‘Cis’, was club captain, secretary for 30 years and an outstanding batsman. When he died in 1958, his ashes were scattered on the old Gatehouse Ground, off Linby Road, where Hucknall used to play.

His sons followed in his footsteps by playing for the club. Peter, of Brickyard Drive, also served as club secretary, while ‘Cis’, who travelled out to Dubai to watch England’s opening game, was a brilliant all-rounder who also had a spell with Hucknall Ramblers CC.

If England beat India, the semi-finals are next Monday and Wednesday. The final is on Saturday 1st March, the day before Will’s 19th birthday.