Paul Atkins (cricketer)

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Paul Atkins
Personal information
Full name Paul David Atkins
Born (1966-06-11) 11 June 1966 (age 48)
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006/07 KwaZulu-Natal Inland
1998–present Buckinghamshire
1988–1993 Surrey
1985–1991 Buckinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 25 17
Runs scored 1,103 430
Batting average 25.65 30.71
100s/50s 1/4 1/3
Top score 114* 110
Balls bowled
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 10/– 10/–
Source: Cricinfo, 6 May 2011

Paul David Atkins (born 11 June 1966) is an English cricketer. Atkins is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. He was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Early career and Surrey[edit]

Atkins made his debut in county cricket for Buckinghamshire in the 1985 Minor Counties Championship against Cheshire. Atkins played Minor counties cricket for a few years, before making his debut for Surrey in a first-class match against Cambridge University. Atkins played 23 further first-class matches for Surrey, the last coming against Derbyshire in the 1993 County Championship.[1] In his 24 first-class matches for Surrey, he scored 1,081 runs at a batting average of 26.36, with 4 half centuries and a single century high score of 114*.[2] His highest score came against Cambridge University on debut.[3]

It was for Surrey that he made his debut in List A cricket against Glamorgan in the 1988 NatWest Trophy. He played 6 further List A matches for Surrey, the last coming against Somerset in the 1993 AXA Equity and Law League.[4] For Surrey, he scored 154 runs in this format at an average of 25.66, with 2 half centuries and a high score of 82.[5]

Return to Buckinghamshire[edit]

Atkins' time with Surrey came to an end at the end of the 1993 season. It wasn't until 1998 that he began representing Buckinghamshire in Minor counties cricket. It was the season following his return to the county that he first appeared for Buckinghamshire in List A cricket, against the Yorkshire Cricket Board in the 1999 NatWest Trophy. He played 9 further List A matches for the county in the period when they were permitted to take part in English domestic List A cricket, with his final appearance coming against Dorset in the 1st round of the 2004 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, which was played in 2003.[4] In his 10 matches for the county, he scored 276 runs at an average of 34.50, with century high score of 110.[5] This high score came against Suffolk in the 2003 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, with Atkins' innings being ended on 110 by Kevin Shaw.[6]

Atkins continues to play Minor counties cricket for Buckinghamshire, which to date has included 90 Minor Championship matches[7] and 47 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches.[8] He has previously captained Buckinghamshire.

Outside of playing, Atkins coaches for KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was some 14 years after playing first-class cricket that he turned out for KwaZulu-Natal Inland against South Western Districts in 2007.[1] In this match he scored 4 runs in their first-innings before being dismissed by Nathan Murray, and in their second-innings he scored 18 runs before being dismissed by Rudy Hillermann.[9] He is also a head coach for the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Surrey v Cambridge University, 1988". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "List A Matches played by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "List A Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Buckinghamshire v Suffolk, 2003 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Minor Counties Trophy Matches played by Paul Atkins". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "South Western Districts v KwaZulu-Natal Inland, 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Cricket Academy coaches at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy". www.andrewflintoffcricketacademy.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

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