LEEK'S rising young star Alex Mellor, pictured, has made an immediate impact on his debut as a club professional in Australia.
The 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been stacking up the runs for Victoria State club Coomealla Wentworth in the Sunraysia League.
After hitting two undefeated half-centuries, Mellor has scored his first ton on foreign soil.
He has chosen to play cricket Down Under in order to further pursue his ambition to break into English first class cricket.
Mellor hit a half-century for the Midlands Cricket Club Conference against the MCC at Lord's this summer and has played for the Northants, Notts and Somerset 2nd XIs.
"It is all about gaining experience, and hopefully it will help me become a professional cricketer," said Mellor.
He scored more than 1,000 runs and took 40 catches for Leek in helping them retain the North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League Premier Division title for the first time in the club's history.
Leek will have plenty to celebrate at their annual dinner this Saturday, having also won the Barney McCardle Trophy and finished runners-up in the league 20/20 competition.