Clipstone and Bilsthorpe is delighted to confirm the signing of kiwi seamer Mitchel Atkins for their 2023 Bassetlaw League campaign.

Atkins is a 20-year-old bowling all-rounder from Auckland, New Zealand. The Kiwi also has the added bonus of holding a British Passport!

A budding young cricketer who is progressing through the premier grades, Mitchel is predominantly an opening bowler who is seen as a hard-hitting lower-middle order batter. Atkins has the capability to bowl long spells and his main role for club side Waitakere Cricket Club is to take wickets with the new ball in hand.

Mitchel has played cricket for the North Harbour District in Auckland (2019) where he impressed early with 6-32 on the opening day of the tournament. In recent times he has opened the bowling for Takapuna Premier reserves earning a call-up for the representative tournament playing for North Harbour in 2020.

The young seamer took a total of 18 wickets throughout the 2021/22 campaign, claiming each pole at an average of 15.5 in the 12 games he played. The impressive young bowler also boasted an economy rate of 3.4 for the duration of the season.

Ahead of the 2022/23 season, Mitchel is looking to build on his success over the last two seasons by making the step up to premier level cricket and has ambitions to solidify his spot as a member in the Waitakere Cricket Club Premier XI.

Mitchel has spent the winter developing his cricket with former Dolphins and current Auckland aces head coach Doug Watson, the youngster is now set to embark on his maiden UK stint having signed with Clipstone & Bilsthorpe for their 2023 Bassetlaw and District Championship campaign.