West Sussex County Times

Dream Sussex debut for Atkins

- BRUCE TALBOT

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.

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Pic: Mike Hewitt / Getty
Jamie Atkins Pic: Mike Hewitt / Getty

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