Old Abingdonian Nathaniel Watkins (2010) recently celebrated his first class debut with a 5 wicket haul against LV County championship side Yorkshire for the Durham University Centre of Excellence squad. Nathaniel, who left Abingdon in 2010, where he was the School’s 1st XI captain, has been playing in the side’s reputable academy side, following in the footsteps of Andrew Stauss and Nasser Hussain.
Of his achievement Nathaniel said, “It was a real plus point to have even made the side against Yorkshire so taking five wickets really put the icing on the cake. I’ve worked really hard since arriving at Durham and look forward to testing myself against more professional opposition.”
Nathaniel, who played his cricket alongside fellow OA, Joshua Smith (2010), who has also made the Durham side, praised the role the School had in his development: “The seven seasons of cricket I spent at Abingdon really gave me the opportunities and platform to develop my game.”
Nathaniel and Joshua are now both in the squad for Durham’s next game vs Loughborough UCCE in the MCC universities championship on 13 June 2011.