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.