West Sussex County Times
Dream Sussex debut for Atkins
Sussex pace bowler Jamie Atkins told of his pride at making his Sussex debut against Lancashire - and his delight at snaring captain Dane Vilas for his first wicket.
The teenager, who plays for Roffey CC, was drafted into the Sussex side for this fourth championship game of the new season and removed Vilas for a duck for his maiden first-class scalp.
Atkins said: “I knew on Tuesday I was going to make my debut and it was just a case then of making sure that physically and mentally I was right.
“It’s a great environment to come into because everyone is so supportive and I have played in the Sussex pathway with guys like Henry Crocombe and Jack Carson.
“I don’t think Henry or I expected to be opening the bowling for Sussex in a Championship game when we were in the under-13s together!
“I can’t really put into words what it was like to get my first wicket, especially as it was such an important one as Dane Vilas, their captain. I was so chuffed as my celebrations probably showed.”
Sussex went on to lose their County Championship game against Lancashire at Hove by five-wickets.
Roffey paceman Atkins recorded match bowling figures of 2-91.
The defeat at Hove sees Sussex sit third in Group 3, 31 points behind group leaders Lancashire, after four games.
Sussex’s next County Championship fixture begins today at place-below Northamptonshire.