Barton Peveril’s Professional Cricketer of the Future
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student PJ Watkins is on course to become a professional cricket player, after being selected for the Southern Vipers Academy.
The Southern Vipers Academy, based at the Ageas Bowl, offers players a direct opportunity to progress into the Southern Vipers squad who play competitively across the country.
Watkins’ selection for the academy has allowed the former Wildern School pupil to register for the Elite Women’s Development System (EWDS) and the England Cricket Board (ECB). Being able to register for the EWDS and ECB means Watkins has moved beyond playing for the County and into the more formalized performance pathway that looks to develop talent and prepare players for the highest levels.
The Barton Peveril student’s selection for the Academy comes after her recent success, progressing to the Hampshire County Women’s Senior Team. Watkins has already featured in the senior team’s squad, in their recent match against Surrey at Totton and Eling Cricket Club.
“I am incredibly proud”
Watkins commented on her success so far and plans for the future:
“I started playing cricket at an after-school club during primary school. I went along with a friend and really enjoyed it. I came home with a very battered trophy for player of the week and that’s how it all started. I have now been playing for over 10 years, playing at Sarisbury Athletic CC, St Cross Symondians, and the Hampshire county age-group sides – including a recent game for the senior women’s side. I would love to explore a future in cricket and to explore the chance to play overseas for a season.
“On being selected for the Vipers Academy, I am incredibly proud. I have worked hard to get there and have had excellent coaching and support throughout the system. I now need to grasp the opportunity and get the best from every learning experience this brings, in order to be the best player I can – whilst having fun too.”