Teddington cricketer Nick Gubbins is no stranger to on-field success and living out of a suitcase, which should mean he is well prepared for life in the professional ranks.
The 20-year-old batsman scored his maiden Middlesex first team hundred against Oxford University last week, hitting 116 alongside fellow Bushy Park star Dawid Malan’s 110 in an opening first innings stand of 214.
His efforts set up a comfortable three-day win for the LV= County Championship Division One leaders for whom Gubbins has played since starting out in the club’s U14s.
He is yet to play a first class game for the club, but with regular opener Sam Robson making his England debut against Sri Lanka this week he admits he could not have timed his knock any better.
“There is an opening and the coaches have told me that, but I cannot concentrate too much on the future,” he said.
“I’ve got to consistently score runs in the present. Middlesex have a very strong squad full of quality players and we are one of the only counties to have a fully staffed second team.
“It is a tough place to break through, but I know I am at the right county to make an impression if I want to go on and play for England too.”
He added: “It was great to bat with Dawid because he also plays for Teddington and I know him well.
“He is en experienced first team regular so was able to talk me through it and it was great to get there.”
The Richmond-born player, who scored 122 for Teddington in their Middlesex Cup final triumph last summer, is a former student at Kings House School and has attended boarding schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire before heading to Leeds University.
Gubbins, then aged 16-years-old, once scored an unbeaten 199 in a total of 280 to help Sussex outfit Stirlings CC to a victory that helped them avoid relegation.
And if things do not work out for him as a batsmen he could concentrate on turning his arm over having once claimed match figures of 10-62 – including a hat-trick – for the Middlesex second string in a three-day match against Essex in 2013.
“I haven’t really bowled a ball since then,” said Gubbins, who captained the team in that match.
“We needed a wicket in that match so I thought I’d give it a go with a bit of my part-time leg spin and it went OK.
“I’ve turned my arm over a couple of times since but I don’t think I’ll get another proper bowl again – unless I’m captain.”