Duncan A Watson

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Duncan played 1st XI cricket for Rawtenstall from the age of 15 years, where he opened the batting with Graeme Fowler, who later went on to play for Lancashire and England. His first cricket coach was the club professional David Orchard, a South African who became better known as a Test umpire, but who also played for Natal and South Africa. His second cricket coach was Syed Abid Ali, the Indian Test cricketer.

When Duncan moved South in 1981, he played one season at Potters Bar Cricket Club as their opening bowler, and then played for the Metropolitan Police Cricket Club in the Surrey League. For three seasons Duncan opened both the bowling and batting for the Met's 2nd XI, and then made it into the 1st XI, where in 1992 he was awarded his Police Cricket Colours by the then Police Commissioner, Sir Peter Imbert.

Duncan went on to play for the British Police Cricket Team, playing against the Surrey 2nd XI, The Army, The Navy, and The RAF. It was with the Police Service that he first went on overseas tours, playing in Barbados and Tobago in 1992, Holland in 1993, Perth Western Australia in 1994, in Zimbabwe in 1995, Durban & Capetown, South Africa 1996, in India in 2004, and in Morocco in 2006 with the Lords & Commons Cricket Club.

Next Duncan joined St Albans Cricket Club, which was a real breath of fresh air, quality cricket, no travelling and a great bunch of guys. Opening the bowling for them in the League in 1995, he took 56 wickets at 15 a piece, and made it into the Hertfordshire Minor County side, with his debut against Essex at the County Ground, Chelmsford.

For family reasons he returned to 'weekend' cricket in Lancashire in 1999, and was invited to play in the Ribblesdale League for Oswaldtwistle Emmanuel Cricket Club. Opening the batting he made over 500 runs at 27 per innings, and also took 50 League wickets at 15 a piece, making him the top league amateur, achieving the double of 500 runs and 50 wickets.

In 2000 Duncan returned to the Met Police Cricket Club, playing a further three seasons in the Surrey League before moving to the Chorleywood Cricket Club in 2003 where he played in their 1st XI for eight years, finishing third in the 2010 Division 1 bowling averages, taking 35 wickets at an average of 16.69. In 2010 he was engaged as Head Coach at Chorleywood Cricket Club, where he finished playing league cricket in 2014.

In 2012 he started playing Herts Over-50s cricket, where he was Vice Captain for two years, and captained the County against Sussex in 2014.

Duncan commenced coaching for Harpenden Cricket in 2014, going into local schools on their behalf, and also worked with both the ECB A Chance to Shine programme, and Excel Sports as a cricket coach.

Since 2015, Ducan has been coaching Harpenden Colts on a permanent basis, and toured with the England South Over 50s team to Sri Lanka in 2016 and South Africa in 2017.

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Duncan being congratulated on winning the Saracens Herts Division One 1st XI Bowler of the Year award by Nigel Wray, the league sponsor and owner of Saracens RUFC