Fergus Nutt

Cricketing Star

Peppard Stoke Row Cricket Club (PSR) player Fergus Nutt had the privilege of playing at an international ground when he made his Swansea University debut in their Varsity match against Cardiff at The SWALEC stadium in April.

The 19-year-old, who is studying sports science, made 18 and took a catch as his side lost by 32 runs, Swansea being bowled out for 95 in reply to the hosts’ total of 127-4. He performed better in Swansea’s opening BUCS Championship match against the University of the West of England, scoring an unbeaten 94 while batting at six to rescue his side from 40-4 to amass 262. They went on to win by 38 runs after bowling UWE out for 224, and then defeated Aberystwyth University – which included fellow PSR player, David Williams, in their ranks – by three wickets. The home side made 216-9 before Swans chased the total down.

Fergus grew up in this area before moving to Bath and studying at Prior Park School, but returned to live in Sonning Common in 2015. He then enjoyed a gap year playing cricket for Riccarton CC in New Zealand, scoring 184 in his last game. The teenager then made 1,825 runs for PSR last year and won the Henley Standard John Searby Trophy for most entries in the Best of the Week section, having recorded a total of 20 made up of 16 50s and four centuries in 2016.

Fergus said: “It was an honour and a privilege to play at the SWALEC, although it was a shame we lost. Peppard Stoke Row have really helped me improve both my game and as a person and I particularly want to thank the Kites captain for showing such faith in me”.

Richard Ashton