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Kent County Cricket Club batsman Sam Northeast writes exclusively for the KM Group

Sam Northeast signs autographs for young fans at Tunbridge Wells.
Sam Northeast signs autographs for young fans at Tunbridge Wells.

It was a shame to leave Tunbridge Wells last week. I think all the players really enjoy playing at the Nevill Ground, apart from the travelling.

There was a great atmosphere around the place and it was important to get that second Championship win under our belts in the last four-day game for a month.

The win was also vital because it keeps us in with a shout of promotion and with Pakistan Test bowler Wahab Riaz now joining us, we are hoping for a surge up the table.

On a personal level, getting to 99 against Leicestershire was one of those things you never think will happen to you until it does. I was still happy with how I played over the two innings. It was also great to see Joe Denly back to his best – although he started having a go at me for hogging the strike in the second innings, which was completely untrue.

The t20 campaign started with two losses which was disappointing but we feel we have a quality team.

Riaz, and Charl Langeveldt make us a vastly experienced side and signing two bowlers of such calibre takes pressure off the younger guys.

The likes of Colesy and Bally can pick their brains, and really learn from them. We are blessed to have batters who have been there for people like myself to talk to about progressing and now the seamers can do the same.

We also hope they can win us games.

You can always tell it’s t20 time as Darren Stevens is incredibly chirpy around the dressing room. He fancies himself as Mr Twenty20, and rightly so, especially after his performances against Somerset and Hampshire. He has got to be in with a shout for an England call-up.

In terms of trying to get in the t20 team myself, I have just got to take my chance when it comes. Hopefully, I will be in the squad for the games at Somerset on Friday and Glamorgan on Sunday.

There is no need to get to too down about the first two defeats but it is important to get on a roll as soon as possible.

When you start winning the confidence starts to build and I think it could be hard to stop us when that happens.

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