The only Englishman to win Down Under?

Casey Rudd comes out to bat at the Adelaide Oval.
Casey Rudd comes out to bat at the Adelaide Oval.

English cricketers have had a torrid time in Australia over the winter.

But while the Test team were on the wrong end of a whitewash, and the one-day squad fared little better, Bridlington’s Casey Rudd has been the exception to the rule.

The all-rounder has been spending the season with Grange CC in the A-Grade Adelaide Turf League, and they are in with a chance of reaching the grand final.

But he has already picked up silverware in the 20/20 final at the Adelaide Oval, which was the venue for the second Ashes test and is due to host a Rolling Stones concert next month.

Rudd said: “It was a great experience, especially as the Adelaide Oval has been done up recently, making it one of the best cricket grounds in the world.

“It’s certainly something I will never forget. I think it only justs beats playing at Dukes Park!”

The 20/20 final, in front of a decent crowd was against Pembroke CC, who had beaten Grange in their first game of the season

Rudd added: “We were quite lucky to get through the group stages only just making it by run rate.

“We batted first in the final and ended up making 152/6. I batted number six and came in the last three overs and got 10 before I got run out with a couple of balls to go.

“They finished on 110-9 which was a poor effort to be honest.”

And while football matches back home in Yorkshire have been called off recently because of waterlogged pitches, Southern Australia has suffered from a different kind of weather problem.

“We have not played for three weeks,” said Rudd.

“ We got called off for it being too hot because it was over 43 degrees -that was a first - and then it rained last week.

“Hopefully we can win more silverware before I come back at the start of April ready for Bridlington’s season.”

Grange need to win their last couple of two-day games to reach the semi-finals.