Brendan Nash on finding form in the Yorkshire Bank 40

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Men’s First Team

True enough, Kent’s cricketers haven't enjoyed the best of starts to the season in the LV= County Championship, but the team has impressed in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition and one player has been consistent in both tournaments.

West Indian batsman Brendan Nash is in his second season with the county and tops the Kent averages in both competitions, after also impressing in his first season at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Nash averages just under forty in four-day cricket and a highly impressive 72 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 after being promoted to number three in both forms of the game.

The 35 year-old spoke to the official Kent Cricket website about the team, his own form and life in the south of England.

How would you assess the Club's start to the season?

I think we have performed pretty well in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition. As a group we all understand our games and have gone into the respective matches with good plans. We haven't performed as well in the Championship. It certainly hasn't gone the way we would have liked (so far) but a couple of bowlers have taken it away from us in the last two matches. We just need to apply ourselves better and start to bat for longer periods as a group.

How would you assess your individual start?

In the first few games I thought I did well. It’s tapered off a bit in recent times but I'm still getting used to my new position. I moved up the order because the number three spot needed to be filled and I'm enjoying the challenge. It is a bit different; it’s the little things. Now, at the change of innings, I have to run off and get myself ready once we have finished in the field. When you bat at four or five, you don't need to do this. At three, you could be in second ball or after tea. It means you have to work harder on the mental side. When you go in, the ball is swinging – something the openers have to put up with during each innings. The wicket is also fresh so there are obvious clear differences.

The Club seems to be performing better in one-day cricket. Why do you think that is?

As mentioned, I think we all understand our roles pretty well. Our fielding has also been very good. We've given the bowlers some good support and the batting has been consistent – although not great. We know we can get better and that is what we are working on.

What are the hopes and expectations for the season?

We want to win more LV= County Championship matches. We know there is lots of hard work needed and we must add consistency to our batting. We haven't started the Friend Life t20 as yet but our form in the Yorkshire Bank 40 has been solid enough so that sets us up nicely for that competition. Hopefully we can keep it going.

Are you still really enjoying it at Kent?

Definitely. It’s still a relatively new challenge but it’s something I'm very much enjoying. I stated last year that you play lots more cricket here, than in other parts of the world. I came here wanting to play. I was craving the opportunity of being able to get regular games and that has happened. The body feels good and I'm mentally fresh. The high number of matches has been tough at times but it has given me the cravings I desired. I don't really set myself goals as I view cricket as a team game and the Club must always come first. Where I fit in is always of secondary importance. It has been pretty tough recently with lots of travelling and time spent away from the family. We know that we need to produce some better performances, especially at home, and that is what we are trying to do.

You can catch Kent Spitfires in action on Sunday 2nd June when they take on Northants in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition at The Nevill, the final fixture of the 101st Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival