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Steve Watkin
"It's a great honour... 900 would be nice"
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Wednesday, 19 July, 2000, 13:38 GMT
800 and counting for Watkin
Steve Watkin
Steve Watkin has claimed 800 first-class wickets, but his appetite is not sated
Steve Watkin reached another milestone in his long cricketing career, on Wednesday, as he claimed his 800th wicket for Glamorgan.

It took him just three balls to claim the record.

Adrian Rollins fell to the veteran paceman for a duck as the visitors quickly began to regret their decision to bat.

Watkin, 35, stands eighth in the all-time list of Glamorgan wicket-takers, but his many fans need not fear that they have seen the last of his considerable talents. He said:

"It's a great honour... 900 would be nice if I could get there."

  Glamorgan's top 10 bowlers
Don Shepherd 2,174
Jack Mercer 1,460
Johnnie Clay 1,292
Malcolm Nash 991
Frank Ryan 913
Wilf Woller 887
Emrys Davies 885
Steve Watkin 800
Jim McConnan 779
Allan Watkins 774
Next target

His next target is the 885 wickets taken by Emrys Davies, which he feels is realistic should he stay fit.

He will have a long way to go to catch the man at the head of Glamorgan's wicket-taking list, though - Don Shepherd claimed 2,174 in his long career.

Watkin has been one of Glamorgan's leading performers since his debut in 1986.

Named as one of the Wisden players of the year in 1994, he has played three test matches for England and four one-day internationals.

Those who watch him week-in, week-out are adamant that he should have received more recognition - a typical British seamer, he has lost out to flashier performers whose end products tend to be inferior.

Eight hundred is a nice milestone but obviously the big one is 1,000 wickets and time isn't on my side to get there
  Steve Watkin

Watkin was typically modest in describing his landmark achievement:

"It's been a long time coming, really - 15 years in the waiting."

"Eight hundred is a nice milestone but obviously the big one is 1,000 wickets and time isn't on my side to get there."

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