LEEK'S Alex Mellor, pictured, has returned from a highly successful season in Australia, where he played for Coomealla Wentworth in the Sunraysia Cricket Association (SCA).
It was the 22-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman's first engagement as an overseas club professional.
A series of inspiring performances led to Staffordshire county player Mellor being appointed club captain midway through the season.
Mellor completed his spell Down Under as the league's second highest scorer, hitting 430 runs from 11 innings for an average of 47.8. He also finished second in the dismissals chart and earned a place in the SCA's 'team of the year.'
Mellor was also selected for the League XI which competed in the 'Melbourne Country Week.'
He was named man-of-the-match in the final, after scoring 102 runs off 125 balls and claiming four victims as the SCA went on to win the competition
On his return to this country, Mellor was called up by the Unicorns representative side to face Oxford MCCU at The Parks.
Meanwhile, former Leek professional Alex Hales became the first England cricketer to score a Twenty20 international century in Chittagong last Thursday.
His unbeaten knock of 116 kept England's hopes alive in the competition as they beat Sri Lanka with four balls to spare after a dramatic runs chase. The Nottinghamshire batsman smashed 11 fours and six sixes to see England to a six-wicket victory.
He shared a 152-run stand for the third wicket with Eoin Morgan (57) as England fought back in the game, after losing two wickets in the first over without scoring.
Sri Lanka had knocked up a formidable total of 189-4 and had looked odds-on to win the match.
Hales had a spell as Leek's substitute professional in 2010.