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Sam Northeast signs long-term contract extension

Friday 26th June 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent Cricket is delighted to announce that Sam Northeast has signed a long-term contract extension.

The 25-year-old Ashford-born batsman is the top scorer in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast with 520 runs in nine matches, helping Kent to top spot in the South Group.

In the LV= County Championship, he has scored 672 runs at an average of 44.8 with six 50s in eight matches to date.

Putting pen to paper shortly before the visit of Australia this week, Northeast said: “I am delighted to commit my future to the club. I’m Kent born and bred and it’s such an exciting time for Kent Cricket with the group of players we have and the talent coming through from our Academy.

“I’ve really enjoyed my cricket and the challenge of captaincy this summer so there was never any thought of going elsewhere.

“With our return to a new-look County Ground, Beckenham and the continuing redevelopment of The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, the future is bright at Kent and I want to be a part of that.”

Northeast took on the on-field captaincy in May 2015 after club captain Rob Key handed over the reins.

Kent Cricket CEO Jamie Clifford said: “We are delighted to agree terms with Sam. His form this year in all forms of the game has been excellent, notably in a series of match-winning innings in the NatWest T20 Blast.

“He is a fine leader and has the respect of the dressing roomamongst senior players and youngsters alike.

“He is of course one of a group of players to come through the Kent Cricket Academy and will play a key role in the Club’s future fortunes.”

Capped at England under-15 and under-19 level, he broke into the Kent first team in 2007 and has scored more than 5,500 first-class runs including ten centuries and 34 half-centuries.