September 12, 2012
Leaving Surrey is the hardest decision l have ever had to make. Having represented them since the age of 9 and playing through all the age groups, onto the Academy and then getting onto the professional staff at the end of 2006 l never thought l would leave. However at the age of 25 and having only played two County Championship games in the last two years, it’s the right time for me to be playing regular four day cricket.
I have got so many amazing memories of playing for Surrey, ranging from making my debut against Somerset at my old school Whitgift, to scoring my first hundred against Glamorgan. The biggest high though, has to be winning the CB40 final last year. I took me about 2 months to come down from that and I still have the team shot at the end as my wallpaper on my laptop and phone! It’s something you dream of as a kid growing up and to able to be out there at the end, hitting the winning runs was an amazing feeling.
With everything that happened this year it brought together a very close dressing room even tighter. I have got some of my best friends in that changing room and l’m going to miss them.
I’m hugely excited about the new challenges and opportunities available to me at Northampton and l am looking forward to meeting up with them for the first time on Thursday. They are a side that we just pipped to promotion last season and have always been a strong side in 4 day cricket, but have struggled over the last few seasons in one day cricket, which is where I can hopefully help.
Finally I would like to thank all of the fans and supporters of Surrey. I have received so many, texts, tweets and messages over the last week and its been truly humbling that I am thought of in that way.
It’s a new chapter in my career now and whilst I will always be a Surrey fan I am determined to give my all for Northants so l can fulfill both mine and their ambitions.