Seasoned country cricketer to oversee KZN Inland schools and coaches

2011-10-07 00:00

ENGLAND-BORN Paul Atkins (45) is firmly planted in Hilton and is the schools and coaches co-ordinator for the KZN Inland Cricket Union.

The former England U19, Northern Transvaal B and Surrey cricketer, who also captained minor county Buckinghamshire, has a key role to play with Inland.

He is suitably equipped with an England Cricket Board level-three coaching qualification, and it doesn’t get better than that.

Not only is he assistant coach to the senior team under head coach Anton Roux, but the former top-order batsman also fulfils an important position in guiding the KZN Inland U19 side.

“Regarding the schools, I make sure all the Inland provincial programmes and structures are in place and oversee the coaches,” said Atkins at the province’s headquarters at the Maritzburg Oval during the recent KFC T20 Series.

“We as Inland appoint coaches we are confident in and I play a supporting role for the provincial coaches appointed by the union in collaboration with the schools,” he said.

“I also do player identification, sit in on selection meetings and get an overview of the process.”

A notable success for Atkins has been the improvement in the Inland U19 side over the past four years.

“I am reasonably happy where we are at provincial schools’ level when compared to other provinces, in the sense that we are catching up in terms of professionalism at that level.

“It’s not unique to us, but it is disappointing that we are not fulfilling our potential and it’s worth noting that there are lots of little things that, in the longer term, will lead to bigger and better things in the province.”

Atkins has developed an elite programme for the province at school level, where boys from U13 to U19 will be invited to receive coaching by the KZN Inland coaches.

“Part of my portfolio is to oversee coach education through upgrading via the Cricket SA model and we hold workshops and forums to realise that goal throughout the province.”

The Inland Premier League kicks off on Sunday with one of the eye-catching encounters likely to be between Varsity and Woodlands-based Lancashire at the Varsity Oval. KZN Coastal Premier League has one round under the belt with wins for Collegians, Chatsworth Sporting and Topham.


KZN Coastal Premier League

African Warriors 153 (V. Xulu 40, K. Vilakazi 49, T. Naidoo six for 25). Collegians 98 for four. Collegians won by 6 wickets. (D/L)

Berea Rovers 278 for nine (M. Young 35, J. Lacon-Allin 47, K. Buckthorpe 44, N. Poole 35*) vs Pinetown. Washed out.

Delta 105 (V. Gobind four for 24). Chatsworth Sporting 60/0 (C. Bowes 35*). Sporting won on run rate.

Topham 149 (K. Nagan 48, M. Kassim three for 40). Chatsworth United 70 (G. Bronkhorst five for 10, S. Rampersad three for 27). Topham won by 79 runs.

Crusaders 211 for seven (M. Alexander 85, R. Reeves three for 27). DHS Rhythm 34 for seven (K. Hodnett three for 8). Washed out.


KZN Inland Premier League: Lancs vs Varsity (Varsity). Northern Districts vs Standard (Newcastle); Northern Natal vs Zingari (Ladysmith); Midlands vs Young Natalians (Eston).

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