Dubbo's Brock Larance stars as Aboriginal XI finishes historic tour of England on a high

When Brock Larance got the call-up to be part of the Aboriginal XI squad for the historic tour of England, he wasn’t sure what his role would be.

As a 16-year-old in a squad featuring a number of firs-class players and Australian representatives, as well as Dubbo teammate Ben Patterson, Larance went expecting little game time but plenty of valuable experience.

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In a tour which honoured the side which made the trip 150 years ago, Larance did get opportunities and performed well whenever he got a chance.

However, against Nottinghamshire in the final match of the tour on Tuesday Night (AEDT time) it was the teenage star who delivered when his side needed it.

Batting first in the Twenty20 match at Trent Bridge, Brendan Smith (43) and captain Dan Christian (61) got the Aboriginal XI off to a flying start but the brakes were applied when they both departed.

But the hard-hitting Larance belted 30 not out from 20, a knock including two sixes, at the famed ground to help his side post 6/182.

Nottinghamshire slumped to 4/47 in reply and while they were always up against it, Larance came on with his off-spin and took 3/27 from 3.4 overs to seal a commanding 61-run win.

The win left the men’s Aboriginal XI with five wins and one loss to Sussex on tour while the women’s side walked away with a win and three losses.

International players Ash Gardner and Scott Boland were awarded the women’s and men’s player of the tour with each taking home one of the match cricket stumps used as the middle stump on tour that were painted by Aunty Fiona Clarke the great-great granddaughter of Mosquito - one of the players from the 1868 tour.

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