Teenage Hampshire prospect Joe Weatherley scored his first century on Australian soil when he made an unbeaten 120 for South Australia Grade pennant holders Woodville against Gleneig.

Winchester-based Weatherley, who captained England Under-19s in Perth last December, struck a six and 12 fours in a 189-ball stay at the crease as Woodville made 253 all out, with Bashley (Rydal) all-rounder Tom Andrews making 33.

Gleneig were dismissed for 228, leaving Woodville 25-run winners.

Weatherley said: "It was great to spend some time in the middle after a few weeks off after the end of the English season."

Weatherley, who flies to Barbados with the Hampshire squad shortly after his UK return in early March, certainly has not regrets about his decision to spend the winter in Adelaide.

"I'm really enjoying my time playing at Woodville with a group of good young cricketers and hopefully we can push for spots in the Grand Finals at the end of the season, although I'll be gone by then.

"There is also an added bonus to be training with the Redbacks (South Australia) through the Hampshire/South Australia reciprocal deal and being based at the Adelaide Oval is fantastic."

Weatherley is off into the Australian outback this weekend, with Woodville playing Tea Tree Gully in a one-day game in what's called the 'country round' where you play one game of the season miles away in the outback in a place called Port Pirie.

"The following week is the inaugural day/night Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval - therefore no grade cricket - which I'll follow with real interest," he added.