George Rhodes returned his best bowling figures of the winter in his final appearance for North Canberra Gungahlin.

The Worcestershire all-rounder ended day one of the ACT Premier Cricket first grade clash against Eastlake with the splendid figures of 20-7-35-4.

It enabled Rhodes to take his wicket tally for the Northies to 26 at an average of 17.31 as he completed a successful five months Down Under on a high note.

His efforts helped restrict the advantage obtained by Eastlake after they had bowled out North Canberra for 131 in 50.2 overs after putting them into bat.

Rhodes, batting at number five, was dismissed for two and NCG were at one stage 83-8 before H. Page (38 not out) hit useful late order runs.

Eastlake were also made to battle for runs thanks mainly to the efforts of Rhodes.

He came on second change and picked up wickets at regular intervals but an unbeaten 58 from opener M. Winter steered Eastlake to 132-5 by the close and has already secured them first innings points.

Rhodes will now fly back to England to prepare for Worcestershire's pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi as part of a 17 strong squad.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Alex Hepburn have already returned to England from Australia with the latter present at last evening's launch dinner for Daryl Mitchell's benefit year only hours after landing.