Roberts heading to Horsham - 16/04/15

Nathan RobertsHORSHAM have signed South African pace bowling all-rounder Nathan Roberts for their 2015 season.

Roberts (23) is set to join the Sussex Premier outfit prior to their first league match, having wintered in New Zealand playing for St Albans in Christchurch.

Last year, the English-born South African national was on trial with Somerset and Glamorgan, whilst also plying his trade in the Devon Premier League for Bovey Tracey.

Roberts comes from a strong cricketing family, with father Bruce a stalwart of 205 first-class and 185 list-A games (1982-1992) with the likes of Border, Transvaal, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire.

A KwaZulu-Natal Inland age-group representative, Roberts took a gap year to play/coach for Gordonstoun School in Elgin, Scotland in 2010. During the summer he trialled and played for numerous County 2nd XI’s including Yorkshire, Sussex, Glamorgan and Surrey.

In 2011, Roberts started a 3-year financial management and logistics degree at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

During this period, he was involved with three Boland Premier League titles, finished runners up to the University of Pretoria in the South African National Club Championships (2012) and also finalists twice during the National South African University Cricket Week – sharing the trophy in 2011.

Having graduated in 2013, Roberts returned to the UK last season, played for Bovey Tracey, the Devon Lions and featured for both Somerset and Glamorgan 2nd XI’s. He was a key performer for the latter, particularly in the Championship taking a 10 wicket match haul (4-25 & 6-48) against the MCC Young Cricketers in July (alongside scores of 46 and 27, following a 39* against Durham 2nd XI in the previous match).

Roberts is eager to break into County cricket in future and is hoping for a strong summer for Horsham alongside County 2nd XI opportunities to impress.


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