Nick Larkin, hailing from Taree in the North Coastal Zone of New South Wales, embarked on his cricket journey in Sydney upon completing his high school education. The talented opening batsman found his place in the competitive cricket scene by joining the Sydney University Cricket Club. After delivering several impressive performances in First Grade cricket, he earned a significant opportunity – his debut in the first-class format at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. This debut saw him representing New South Wales against Victoria at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Larkin made an immediate impact in his second first-class match, a day-night fixture held at the historic Adelaide Oval, where he contributed a remarkable 130 runs. His outstanding performance played a crucial role in setting up a victory for the NSW Blues.
Despite limited appearances in first-class cricket following his debut, Larkin has consistently stayed on the radar of selectors through his exceptional performances at the Second XI level. His outstanding display in the 2015-16 season earned him the prestigious title of the Toyota Futures League Player of the Year.
It’s worth noting that Larkin holds eligibility to represent Ireland in international cricket, and he has already made two list-A appearances for the country of his ancestral roots when playing against Sri Lanka A. While initially recognized as a specialist in the longer formats of the game, he has been actively working on expanding his skill set. This endeavor has already begun to yield positive results, as demonstrated by his participation in a match for the Sydney Sixers during the past summer. His journey as a cricketer is one of continuous growth and evolving versatility.