May 14, 2012

English cricket

In a different land, another Compton rises

Carlyle Laurie

Denis Compton’s grandson, Nick, has been making headlines for his good showing in county cricket with three first-class hundreds for Somerset this season. Stephen Brenkley, writing for the Independent, says that during Nick's formative years at Middlesex and Lord's, he realised that his grandfather was indeed something special.

Throughout Nick's career as a professional cricketer, with justifiable designs on playing for England, Nick has lived in the shadow of his grandfather. It is a measure of the younger man that he has come to terms with precisely what that means. "I remember old ladies, 70 or 80, coming to the gate. Whether I played cricket or not, I don't think they really cared, but the chance to talk to me and go back to being 30 or 40 made their face light up," Nick said.

Tom Alter, writing for, talks about the rise of the young Nick Compton and draws comparisons with his legendary grandfather Denis.

Nick Compton – the grandson of the great Denis – has by far the most runs in the county season – 736 at 122.66 – (the next highest has less than 500) — and is on the way to scoring 1000 runs in May, a feat which even his grandfather never accomplished.


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