He might be half a world away, but Dubbo’s Ben Patterson is no less classy.
The all-rounder has shone for the Aboriginal XI so far on their 150-year anniversary commemoration tour of England, starting with back-to-back wins over the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in Tuesday’s double header at Arundel Castle.
In match one, MCC won the toss and sent the Aboriginal XI in to bat. After losing Damon Egan early, Brynley Richards (33) and Brendan Smith (34) combined for a 62-run partnership off just 51 balls to place their side in a strong position.
The dismissal of both Richards and Smith saw Patterson make his way to the crease and he wasted no time in launching several balls in all directions of Arundel Castle on his way to an unbeaten 49 off just 23 deliveries.
In the end the Aboriginal XI finished their 20 overs 8-150. Mark Watt and James Letchford took three wickets each for MCC.
In reply a share of wickets across the board saw MCC lose batsmen at regular intervals to eventually be all out for 129 in 19.3 overs.
Scott Boland finished with figures of 3-29 while Sam Doggett, Dan Christian and Jonte Pattison claimed two wickets each.
In the second match a much-improved MCC finished their 20 overs 3-147 thanks largely to a 107 partnership between Simon Lambert (78 not out) and Dylan Budge (43 not out).
In reply, 24 off 18 from Damon Egan got the Aboriginal XI off to a flying start.
Some tight bowling from John Stephenson and James Letchford slowed the scoring rate dramatically in the middle overs.
Enter skipper Dan Christian who, with strong support from Jonte Pattison (27), belted 78 not out off just 53 balls including winning the game with ten runs off the first two balls of the 20th over.
Patterson hit 8 off 4 balls for another match-high strike rate of 200.
While not called upon with the ball in match one, the all-rounder did get in on the attack in match two, claiming 1/21 from his four overs.
Not be outdone, fellow Dubbo junior Brock Larance claimed 1/18 from three overs in match two, after scoring just one run with the bat in the opening contest.
On their rest day, both the men’s and women’s squads will visit London’s Meath Gardens, the place of rest of Bripumyarrimin (King Cole), the player who passed away during the tour in 1868.
Attention will then turn to Thursday when both teams play Surrey at The Oval.