Full name Sam Alexander Northeast
Born October 16, 1989, Ashford, Kent
Current age 26 years 203 days
Major teams England Under-15s, England Under-19s, Harrow School, Kent, Kent 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 11 in
|First-class debut||Kent v Durham at Canterbury, Sep 19-21, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury, May 1-4, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Sri Lanka A at Canterbury, Jul 16, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Aug 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jun 18, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury, Aug 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|46||Kent||v Glamorgan||Canterbury||1 May 2016||FC|
|4, 31*||Kent||v Leics||Leicester||24 Apr 2016||FC|
|65||Kent||v Lbroug MCCU||Canterbury||5 Apr 2016||FC|
|-||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||14 Sep 2015||FC|
|56, 50*||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||9 Sep 2015||FC|
|139||Kent||v Lancashire||Canterbury||1 Sep 2015||FC|
|23||Kent||v Surrey||The Oval||27 Aug 2015||LA|
|1, 76||Kent||v Derbyshire||Derby||21 Aug 2015||FC|
|-||Kent||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||19 Aug 2015||LA|
|10||Kent||v Notts||Nottingham||17 Aug 2015||LA|
Sam Northeast has been marked out as a cricketer with leadership potential from an early age, and Kent put their faith in him by naming him as their captain in all competitions for 2016 in succession to Rob Key, a long-serving captain and mentor. His appointment had always seemed a matter of time - his name was being murmured around the county while he was still a schoolboy - but he did much to cement that reputation as he led an exciting Kent limited-overs side in 2015 which, although finishing trophy less, won many plaudits.
Northeast himself scored more than 2,000 runs in all competitions, a reminder of his gilded reputation as a youngster. He led the county's run-scoring charts in Division Two of the Championship with 1,168 at an average of 46.72, and, nationwide, only James Vince and Michael Klinger scored more heavily in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Success did not come automatically. Northeast's 2014 season had felt like a watershed. Despite an elevation to the vice captaincy, he was briefly dropped to the 2nd XI following a dismal start to the Championship campaign which saw him score just 178 runs in his first 12 innings at an average of 15. But he was recalled against Leicestershire in July and responded with four hundreds - the first of them ending a two-year drought. Previously tried as opener and No 3, he seemed more at home at No 5. Runs were also plentiful in the limited-overs formats.
Northeast first came to prominence when as a 13-year-old he scored 19 hundreds in a term, and he continued that form at Harrow where he was in the first XI at the age of 14 and more than held his own. Such was his talent that Kent sent coaches to work with him rather than asking him to travel to Canterbury, and he picked up a string of national awards, including a Bunbury scholarship.
An all-round sportsman, he was a national schools rackets champion, a county squash player and cross-country runner, and good enough at football and rugby to have been offered county trials. In 2005 he made his Kent second XI debut against Durham and scored 96, as well as playing for England Under-15s. In 2006 he was included in a strong Getty XI against the touring Sri Lankans, scoring 62.
He enjoyed an excellent tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2007 - putting on 152 with Billy Godleman in one of the matches - and was part of England's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2008. He travelled with the Under-19 squad to South Africa in January 2009, and was also part of the group that played Bangladesh at home in July. His county career began to develop promisingly too, and he scored his maiden first-class century, against Gloucestershire, at the end of the 2009 season. He solidified his place in 2010 despite struggling in the Championship, scoring 688 runs at 24.57, though he was hardly the only Kent batsman to suffer a lean season, and by the following year was an established member of their line-up.
It was the 2012 season that appeared to be Northeast's coming-of-age campaign, however. Still only 22, he first had to fight his way back into the Championship side, after being dropped to the seconds, and responded with a string of good scores. Come the end of the season he had accumulated 880 second division runs at an average of 55, with three hundreds and five half-centuries. In all competitions his run tally finished just short of 1,400 and he was rewarded with Kent's batsman of the year award. A maiden one-day century against Sussex came the following year.
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