Nathan was a natural athlete excelling at rugby, football and cricket. Cricket was his passion and at 14 decided this was the sport he wanted to focus on. He quickly became part of the county squad and became known as an outstanding batsman.
However, a number of factors conspired to have a negative impact on his game. Firstly, he was dropped as the county junior captain without really an explanation that he could understand, and secondly his peers had experienced growth spurts whereas he hadn’t and this also had an impact on his sense of worth.