Dan Kingdom was born in Taunton in 1996 and has lived in the town his whole life. He is also currently living part-time in Reading, where he is nearing the end of his first year at the University of Reading studying Human and Physical Geography. He previously attended Trinity Primary School, Bishop Fox’s Community School and Richard Huish College, where his A-levels were Geography, Business Studies and Maths.
His first memories of cricket are watching the 2005 Ashes on TV, but it wasn’t until 2009 where he made his first trip to the county ground (a t20 against Worcestershire which Somerset won) and become properly interested in cricket.
He has been a Somerset member since 2010 and regularly visits the county ground during the season. In addition to attending most home matches, he has been to several away games, and one of his ambitions is to visit every county ground in the country – he is on nine so far.
He has watched live some of Somerset’s highest highs and lowest lows of the past few years. He witnessed the dramatic finish to the incredible Warwickshire v Somerset county championship game at Taunton in 2012, which Somerset won by one wicket, and Marcus Trescothick’s incredible 13-ball fifty against Hampshire in 2010. But he was also present for the t20 Finals Days in 2010 and 2011, which ended in bitter disappointment.
He also supports England, and watched them live for the first and only time on day 2 of the test against India at the Oval in 2011 – a great summer’s day which was dominated by Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell.
His favourite Somerset players are Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter and Lewis Gregory. He has also taken a liking to certain non-Somerset cricketers like Samuel Badree and James Faulkner. A few years ago, he was surprised and happy to discover that he is related to former New Zealand batsman Roger Twose.
He enjoys playing cricket, and played for his school and in the back garden with his brother. He is hoping to get back into playing by finding a club this summer.
He enjoys watching and playing football, and while he is not as interested as he used to be, he supports Yeovil Town and watches them a few times a season. He also spends a lot of his free time reading and gaming.
He has only recently taken up cricket writing, and he wrote his first article for The Incider (on the Duckworth-Lewis method) late in the 2014 season, and wrote for them throughout the winter. He has also written for Infinity Cricket and ByTheMinSport.
He hopes to attend as many of Somerset’s 2015 matches as possible and to continue contributing to The Incider in the future.