Kent cap­tain tar­get­ing tro­phies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

Cap­tain Sam North­east says two ex­cit­ing over­seas sign­ings in a week shows Kent are go­ing places and claimed: “It’s time to turn tal­ent into tro­phies.”

On Tues­day New Zealand opener Tom Latham, 23, joined 20-yearold South African pace­man Kag­iso Rabada in agree­ing a deal at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, this sum­mer.

With Eng­land’s Sam Billings and Lions star Daniel Bell-Drum­mond to add to the mix, North­east, 26, be­lieves Kent’s young nu­cleus can chal­lenge on three fronts this sum­mer.

He said: “The sign­ings send a mes­sage out to peo­ple that we are go­ing places. It’s time for our younger play­ers to get away from the ‘tal­ented’ tag and start to win things.

“We don’t want suc­cess in a year or two, we want to win things now, and we want to start by get­ting pro­mo­tion this sea­son and mak­ing some fi­nals. Th­ese two guys fit right into that.”

North­east – back in the UK af­ter a spell play­ing in Bris­bane for the Sun­shine Coast Scorchers – said he and coach Jimmy Adams ex­pected a good deal of com­pe­ti­tion for places this spring and hopes it leads to a rise in stan­dards.

He said: “In pre-sea­son we can have a look at ev­ery­one. There are places up for grabs.”

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