Northeast looking to Nash for inspiration

Monday 29th October 2012

Men’s First Team

Northeast looking to Nash for inspiration

Kent batsman, Sam Northeast jetted off to Australia on Friday for the winter, where he will link up with Brendan Nash for some advice.

The 23 year old opener found himself down the pecking order at the start ofthe 2012season, but the weight of runs scored by Northeast for the SecondXI saw him return to the first eleven for the final eleven County Championship matches.

In fact, Northeast ended the season as Kent's top run scorer in the longer form of the game, amassing 969 runs at an average of 57.00 in just 19 innings.

Ending the season in good form in allformats of the game, Northeast has spent the past month with his feet up, but before heading to Australia he said he was looking forward to getting back to hitting some balls down under; “It’s been nice having a break and the past month has gone quite quickly with me not really doing that much. I’ve been slowly been getting back in the gym with Pete Kelly.

“I’m off to Brisbane to go and play club cricket and won’t be back until the end of February. The facilities out there sound pretty good and I’ll be playing grade cricket, so it should be good fun.”

With Sam Billings playing in Adelaide over the winter, Northeast said there is a chance the pair could meet up, but was looking forward to spending some time working on his game with Kent’s overseas signing for the past summer, Brendan Nash; “Brendan has played in that same league as I’ll be playing in over in Brisbane. I’m actually playing on the sunshine coast, so Brendan and I will probably do a bit of work here and there when he’s free and not running around after his kids!

“James Tredwell has been out there before, working with this guy called Brad Murphy and he said he enjoyed it and benefited from it, so I’m looking forward to it. Being the off-season, you have got to work on your game, try and introduce a few new things. Myself and Jimmy Adams have chatted about areas that we think I can improve on.”

“Hopefully I can find a few people to work with and get fit for when I come back. Winter can be an exciting time as you can push yourself and see how far you can get.Brendan is a great man to talk to and I use him as a sounding board. I’m hoping to have a good few one to one sessions with him.”

Sam Northeast was speaking to Steve Wolfe of KSN