Who is Bill Atkins?
Atkins made his debut for Buckinghamshire in the 1957 Minor Counties Championship against Oxfordshire. Atkins served in the British Army, and it was for a Combined Services team that he made his first-class debut for against Warwickshire in 1958. He played a further first-class match the following season for the team against Somerset. The season following that, he made his first-class debut for Cambridge University against Surrey. He played 17 further first-class matches for the University, the last coming against Kent in 1961. In his 18 first-class matches for the University, Atkins scored 338 runs at a batting average of 11.65, with a high score of 49.
While playing first-class cricket, he also continued to play Minor counties cricket for Buckinghamshire, representing the county to 1972 and making 107 Minor Counties Championship appearances. He made his List A debut for Buckinghamshire in the 1965 Gillette Cup against Middlesex. He played 2 further List A matches for the county, both coming in the 1970 Gillette Cup against Bedfordshire and Hampshire. In his 3 List A matches, he scored 16 runs at an average of 8.00, with a high score of 16.
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- May 14, 1938
on July 23, 2013
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