Neil Burns first made his mark when selected for Essex County Schools Cricket Association (Under 11 age Group) in 1976.
He subsequently represented them for a further 4 years and became the Under 15’s Captain.
He was selected for the South of England Under 15 regional side as wicket-keeper/batsman in 1979 & 1980.
In 1982, at age 16, he played some matches for Essex C.C.C. “2nd” X1 before joining the playing staff on leaving school.
His First Class Cricket debut was for Western Province in 1986 and later that year for Essex against Surrey at the Oval. His career was to end on the same ground in 2002.
He toured the West Indies with the England Under 19 Team in 1985.
In all Second X1 matches for Essex he scored 2540 runs, taking 174 catches plus 78 stumpings.
He joined Somerset C.C.C. in 1987 and was awarded his County Cap in his first season.
His maiden First Class century was made against his old County at Chelmsford.
In 1994, to the surprise of many, he was not retained for the coming 1995 season despite having captained the Club’s Second X1 to the Championship for the first time in the Club’s history.(938 runs @ 44.6-43 dismissals)
In his 8 years with the Club, he scored 5207 Championship runs (with 5 centuries), took 303 catches with 30 stumpings
NDB then played Minor Counties cricket for Buckinghamshire until 1999 having become their Director of Cricket.
He returned to the First Class game with Leicestershire in the 2000 season.
Capped in 2001, he scored 1999 Championship runs (2 centuries), took 161 catches with 6 stumpings.
He was the leading First Class wicket-keeper in Season 2001 & 2002
His Championship career statistics were-7376 runs(7 100’s), avge.30.47, 478 catches and 38 stumpings.