Middlesex's Nick Compton, Somerset's James Hildreth and Surrey's Zafar Ansari take part in the MCC's Cricketer's Catching Challenge during their Champion County tour in the UAE.
England's Alastair Cook and Nick Compton tell us about the art of batting, explaining their approach and what they think are the important things to remember.
England batsman Nick Compton is hopeful the olive branch offered to Kevin Pietersen by ECB chairman Colin Graves is extended to all players within country cricket.
Pietersen has joined Surrey for the 2015 campaign in an effort to a reignite his international career which was unceremoniously halted after the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash defeat to Australia, with Graves promising a domestic return could see him reconsidered.
As England are drilled in preparation for Monday’s first warm-up match in balmy St Kitts, one of their recent discards will be knuckling down in the somewhat more brisk climes of county cricket, hoping a weight of runs can force his way back in.
Nick Compton, who made the switch back from Somerset to Middlesex during the winter, is curious about the future of English cricket and asks whether change is truly on the cards this summer. Will the arrival of a new chairman at the England and Wales Cricket Board in May truly bring a fresh start for all? Can a player in his 30s, previously discarded in the name of “culture”, really return to the fold? ... Read more here
Dear Somerset Members’ and Supporters’
You may have heard the news that I am to leave Somerset.
It is a decision that has not been taken lightly and I just wanted to write this note to show my appreciation for the warmth and support I have received from the Club and you, the Supporters’ during my time here.
I remember when I first arrived, I received a massive shock by just how high the standards were - the expectation and hard work ethic that was present at the Club. I knew then that I had to put a lot of hard work in to raise my game, as I so desperately wanted to be a contributor to this team. Watching Marcus Trescothick at the other end in full flow built my confidence and I’m really proud to have been the reliable number three in this strong line up.
I consider myself incredibly lucky and I am proud to have played for the Club. I know we may not have the silverware to show for it but I consider these five years to be one of the most successful periods of my career and certainly one of best teams I have played in to date.
I thank Somerset for aiding that development, because of the support and the excellence of the players and staff around me, my cricketing ability and confidence grew. Becoming the latest Somerset player to represent our Country was a fantastic honour, I'll never forget the support I received when I missed out on the Ashes, a particularly difficult time but that egged me on to keep fighting for that place.
I wanted to keep this short and sweet, your ongoing support - be it online through social media or when I have been walking into town to grab a coffee made me feel at home and gave me a sense of belonging which has come to mean so much.
It’s with a heavy heart that I now look to move on. I have come to realise the importance of family and close relationships, therefore to strike a work-life balance, I need to return to those I am close to – even though this means saying a fond farewell to my adopted County.
I would like to thank Somerset in particular – Brian Rose, Andy Hurry, Guy Lavender, Andy Nash, Jason Kerr, Pete Sanderson, Darren Veness and Jon Pitts and all the office staff for all their help, support and encouragement. To my teammates – thanks for pushing me, I have learnt so much and wish you all the very best for the future. I feel proud to leave as Somerset’s all-time leading goal scorer in the morning warm up!
I hope you will understand my decision for now and continue to support the Somerset boys with the same level of warmth and passion as it really does make a massive difference.
I will miss you all.
Compos’ Clips Return to a Screen Near You!
Somerset and England Player Nick Compton is delighted to announce the return of Compo’s Clips to our screens, with Nick once again getting in front and behind the Camera to bring you insider footage and antics from within the Somerset dressing room.
“Compo” first started doing the clips in 2012. They were an instant hit with members’ and supporters’ across all Counties, receiving a fantastic 90k hits within the first year.
After a tough 2013, Nick has decided to pick up the camera once again this year.
Nick said, “Compo’s Clips are all about our dressing room camaraderie. I think it is important to share our unity and love of all things Somerset with our supporters’.
“As everyone knows, 2013 was a tough cricket year for me, but I missed the outlet which Compo’s Clips provided. For me, this is something I enjoy doing, and it’s a great way to switch off my batting mind for a few hours while I film, present, and edit these clips.
“Once again I hope that everyone has as much fun watching them as I do making them.”
The very first episode of this season’s Compo’s Clips – A Long Trip to Durham, along with all past Compo’s Clips episodes are available on our website by clicking here.
Nick revisits Compton Cricket Club in LA!
Two years ago Nick visited Compton Cricket Club in LA. Not only do they share a name but Nick's grandfather Denis had been instrumental in helping the Cricket Club during his own career.
Nick took the opportunity to travel to the States and spend some time with the team, running training sessions and attending meetings to try and help progress and further the reach of the Club. You can find out how he got on in the Daily Mail this week.
Nick Compton named as one of Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year
Somerset’s Nick Compton has been named by the England selectors in the 12-man squad for the first Investec Test against New Zealand commencing Thursday May 16 at Lord’s.
Geoff Miller, National Selector, said: “We are anticipating another very competitive series against New Zealand and know that we will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the international summer on a positive note. This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.”
The full England squad is- Alastair Cook (Essex) (Captain) James Anderson (Lancashire) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Ian Bell (Warwickshire) Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) Nick Compton (Somerset) Steven Finn (Middlesex) Matt Prior (Sussex) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) and Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Nick Compton named as one of Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year
Nick Compton has been named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 2013 Almanack that was published on Wednesday.
The Somerset batsman enjoyed his best ever season in 2012. He was the leading run scorer in the country with 1494 runs, at 99.60 which included five centuries and best of 236 to lead the first class averages.
Nick was unlucky not to be the first batsman in the country to score 1000 runs before the end of May since 1988, but was beaten by the weather at New Road when he not out nine, just 50 runs short, when the drizzle set in.
In recognition of his phenomenal summer Nick was rewarded with a place in the England Test party for the tour to India before Christmas and earlier this spring played in the three match series in New Zealand, where he enjoyed considerable success.
Regarding his award Nick said: “I feel really privileged and very honoured to become a part of the history of this great game. To be named alongside such an illustrious list of past winners is something very special.”
Ashes dreams drive Compton
Nick may put the Ashes out of his mind by day, but he cannot stop himself from dreaming about the Aussies once the lights are out...
Nick has put himself in line to begin England’s sequence of 10 Ashes Tests home and away between July and next January, with his back-to-back hundreds against New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington.
“It is at night - you go to bed thinking about the Ashes,” he said. “You get that youthful exuberance, which is something that keeps pushing you forward.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play in an Ashes series - of course I do. But it doesn’t do you any good to look too far ahead. You have to make sure you focus on the next game.”
“After a short rest, I go back to county cricket, I need to get my head down again and make sure if that time arrives I’ve put my name in the box seat,” he said. “I have played enough cricket now to know that that line between success and failure is quite thin.
“You’re always on nought (when you start an innings) - remember that as a batsman, it doesn’t make any difference whether you’ve got five or six hundreds behind you,” he said.
Nick does allow himself a degree of satisfaction though that his determination has paid off.
“I had a feeling I could do it, but you never really know until you do it at this level. So yes, I’m chuffed that I’ve managed to pass that test.”
Nick reaches Maiden Test Century
An unbeaten maiden Test century by Nick Compton has given England a good chance of saving the first test in New Zealand.
In response to the tourist's first innings total of 167 New Zealand declared on 469 for 9. Facing a deficit of 293 England needed a solid start to their second innings which is exactly what Nick and Alastair Cook delivered.
The opening pair batted for 84 overs to take the total onto 231 before the England captain perished. Nick was stuck in the 90s for 50 minutes but eventually brought up his maiden Test century , which is just what he needed having been dismissed without scoring in the first innings.
By the close England had moved onto 234 for 1, still 59 behind with Nick unbeaten on 102 which came off 265 balls and included 10 fours.
Nick writing a blog while in New Zealand
Nick will be writing a regular blog exclusively for his website while in New Zealand to keep Somerset and England Supporters up to date with the tour and to provide an insight into the life of a touring cricketer.
The blog will be regularly updated and is available to read by clicking here. Photo's from the trip have also been posted in the Photo Gallery which can also be viewed by clicking here.
Nick selected in test squad for New Zealand
The England selectors have today announced the 15 man test squad that will travel to New Zealand for the three match series that begins on March 6th in Dunedin.
Following his performances against India, Somerset batsman Nick Compton retains his place and will head down-under for a training camp led by England Team Director Andy Flower along with the other four test players who are not included in the ODI squad.
Nick meets representatives of Frank Water in India
Whilst the rest of his team mates relaxed on their precious day off, England cricketer Nick Compton was busy meeting representatives of pioneering UK water charity just hours after the team touched down in Kolkata. Wearing a t-shirt with the charity’s slogan “Clean Water Saves Lives”, England’s opening batsman was surrounded by interested onlookers, children and hotel staff as he posed for photographs and spoke to journalists.
While Compton’s mind is firmly on his cricket, the tour has allowed him to support FRANK Water by highlighting the lack of access to safe drinking water that is still a widespread problem in India.
The Somerset star’s bat features a sticker bearing the distinctive logo of FRANK Water, a charity founded by young entrepreneur Katie Alcott, which funds the implementation of safe water projects in India and the developing world.
“Spending time in India has really opened my eyes to some of the issues surrounding the lack of access to safe drinking water. It’s not something we have to worry about in the UK but over here, it’s an issue that crosses your mind every time you turn on the tap” he said.
Based close to Compton’s Somerset County patch, FRANK Water was founded in 2005 by Katie after she contracted dysentery from dirty drinking water during a trip to India. Since then, it has funded 88 projects. Working closely with in-country NGO partners, FRANK Water identifies communities in need and funds the multi-stage filtration systems that save thousands of lives. The projects are owned and run by members of the community to ensure they continue to operate well into the future.
Katie said: “We are thrilled that Nick was able to meet with one of our NGO partners during his time in Kolkata. His support is so valuable and for him to find the time to back our cause for clean, safe water, during the most important time of his career is just fantastic.”
Nick backs Charity on England duty against India!
England's new opening batsman Nick Compton marks his Test debut tomorrow (Friday) by taking a stand for a pioneering Bristol water charity which has saved thousands of lives in India.
The Somerset star’s bat features a new sticker bearing the distinctive logo of FRANK Water, a charity founded by young entrepreneur Katie Alcott, which funds the implementation of safe water projects in India and the developing world.
While Compton’s mind is firmly on his cricket as he embarks on the biggest match of his career in Ahmedabad, the tour has allowed him to support FRANK Water by highlighting the lack of access to safe drinking water that is still a widespread problem in India.
“As sportsmen we take on board gallons of water to hydrate, without necessarily thinking anything more about it. But water should not be taken for granted and I’m very proud to support the work of FRANK and all that it represents,” he said.
Based close to Compton’s stomping ground in Taunton, FRANK Water was founded in 2005 by Katie after she contracted dysentery from dirty drinking water during a trip to India.
Since then, it has funded 88 projects. Working closely with in-country NGO partners, it identifies communities in need and funds the multi-stage filtration systems that save thousands of lives. The projects are owned and run by members of the community to ensure they continue to operate well into the future.
Katie said: “We are absolutely delighted that Nick is supporting FRANK Water and that even at a time when he’s playing the biggest match of his career he can still find time to back our cause for clean, safe water across the world.”
Nick bats his way to a confidence boosting 64*
Nick Compton expressed his relief after scoring runs in the second warm up match against Mumbai A in India.
Nick who experienced a tough start with the bat was under pressure to score runs to help secure the opening spot for the first test, which gets underway on November 15th.
“I definitely needed that. It’s not been an ideal start and naturally everyone in the squad is vying for a place so performing in these warm up matches is vital.”
“I took some confidence from getting the initial nod but I think you sometimes need to give yourself some time. While I’ve played in India with Somerset in the CLt20, the conditions can take some getting used to and the best way to do that is to spend time in the middle.”
Nick crowned Somerset's Player of the Year
Nick finished off his fantastic year by collecting Somerset County Cricket Club's Player of the Year Award.
This marks a particularly successful year with the County as Compton finished with 1,494 runs at an average just shy of 100. He also collected the coveted PCA Player of the Year and the Cricket Writers Player of the Year awards and celebrated with an England Test Call Up.
Compton ready for England Tour
Nick Compton is completing his last minute preparations in readiness for the forthcoming Test series against India, for which he sets off for on October 25th.
“It’s a mixture of excitement and nerves. It’s just a question of going out there and maximising my opportunities and enjoying it. First and foremost to be on a tour is great, but I would also like to play my small part and contribute.”
Before jetting off, Nick caught up with his sponsor Westerley Bridgwater (pictured) who provide him with a car when he is in Somerset.
Compton crowned PCA Player of the Year
Somerset’s Nick Compton has rounded off his perfect week in superb fashion – by being crowned the NatWest PCA Player of the Year for 2012.
The PCA, in association with NatWest and the ECB, hosted the Awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution on Thursday evening (20th September). In front of players, former players, officials and guests, Nick Compton was presented with the Reg Hayter Cup for NatWest PCA Player of the Year for 2012, while Joe Root of Yorkshire was named as NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.
Nick Compton earns England Test Call Up!
The England selectors today (18/09/12) announced a 16-man Test squad to be captained by Alastair Cook for the forthcoming four-Test match series in India.
The squad includes two uncapped batsmen, Somerset’s Nick Compton and Yorkshire’s Joe Root, and three spin bowlers; Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.
National Selector Geoff Miller said: “Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in County cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level.”
Nick was naturally thrilled with the call up: “It is really overwhelming but I am over the moon. It’s something I have worked towards for a long time. I’m happy for my family and everyone that has contributed to my success."
Nick to play for England Lions against Australia A in August!
Nick has been picked to play for the England Lions side along with fellow Somerset team mate Craig Kieswetter. The Lions will take on Australia A in two four day tour matches on the 7th August (Old Trafford) and the 14th August (Edgbaston).
Nick enjoys a superb return to Cricket!
Nick Compton recovered from his back injury in time to play in Somerset' s last home LV=CC match of the 2012 season. An away win at Sussex put Somerset in the running for second place, and another home win against relegated Worcestershire would secure that. A fantastic bowling spell from Abdur Rehman set the game up and Nick enjoyed his return to the middle by making 155* taking his tally to 1,494 runs for the season. Somerset won within 3 days by an innings and Nick will now be hoping this latest ton boosts his England chances: “It’s out of my hands now. If I haven’t done enough to merit a chance, I’m not sure what more I can do."
'Compo's Clips' to air on Cricket AM
Check out a new special edition of Compo's Clips as Nick goes behind the scenes of Somerset's FLt20 Quarter Final preparation. Nick and his camera follows the before, during and after - all for Cricket AM which will be screened on Sky Sports on Saturday 28th July.
Cricket v Tennis
Nick Compton will once again feature on Cricket AM this Saturday (7th July) as he faces a different challenge!
Nick spent a day at the Wimbledon Tennis Court in his pads and faced 140mph serves from retired tennis favourites Goran Ivanisevic and Wayne Ferreira. Cricket AM will air on Saturday 7th July at 9am on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD (Channel 401)
The Cricket Paper: Weekly Blog
Check out Nick's weekly article in the Cricket Paper released every Wednesday - The Cricket Paper is a weekly publication packed with news, reports and features about the sport and costs £1.50, in news agents and supermarkets throughout the UK. It will cover all cricket, from the Test arena down to the club scene.
Welcome to my site!
Welcome to my new website where you can keep up to date with all my latest projects on and off the field. I hope you all enjoy the content as I have tried to include as much interesting material as possible - if there is anything else you would like, please don't hesitate to drop us a line! Since joining Somerset in 2010 it has been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows with us reaching five finals and coming runners up in each one. The CLt20 was a great experience for all the lads and we are confident that 2012 will be our year. Thanks for all your support - I hope I can keep you entertained on and off the pitch for many seasons to come! Best Wishes, Nick.
-- Compton named PCA Player of the Year
ESPN Cricinfo - 21/09/2012
-- Nick Compton expected England Test call
BBC - 21/09/2012
-- Batsman Nick Compton, grandson of legendary Denis, named in England squad
news.com.au - 19/09/2012
-- Nick Compton geared up for India challenge
Cricket Next - 19/09/2012
-- Selection a dream come true - Compton
ECB - 18/09/2012
-- Compton keen to follow in grandfather's footsteps
Cricbuzz - 18/09/2012
-- Compton joy at England call
Eat, Sleep Sport - 18/09/2012
-- Ian Bell backs Nick Compton inclusion
Sports Mole - 18/09/2012
-- KP 'disappointed' to be left out of England squad as Root and Compton are handed Test call-ups
Daily Mail - 18/09/2012
-- England call up Somerset star Nick Compton as Pietersen misses out
This is Somerset - 18/09/2012
-- Nick Compton: Somerset batsman ready to make England mark
BBC - 18/09/2012
-- Joe Root and Nick Compton provide new blood for England on India tour
The Guardian - 18/09/2012
-- Kevin Pietersen left out of England squad as Nick Compton and Joe Root get the nod
Telegraph - 18/09/2012
-- Root And Compton Get England Call-up
Sky Sports - 18/09/2012
-- Compton thrilled with 'surreal' call-up
ESPN Cricinfo - 18/09/2012
-- Switch Hit: England's next Compton
ESPN Cricinfo - 18/09/2012
-- Kevin Pietersen out, Compton and Root in for England's India tour
BBC - 18/09/2012
-- Compton and Root in Test party
ECB - 18/09/2012
-- Root and Compton land awards
Press Association - 17/09/2012
-- Nick Compton's century against Worcestershire lifts Somerset's runners-up chances
Telegraph - 12/09/2012
-- Compton gives England reminder
ESPN Cricinfo - 12/09/2012
-- Compton hopeful of England tour spot
ESPN Cricinfo- 10/09/2012
-- Compton could return against Worcestershire
Taunton People - 07/09/2012
-- Compton's campaign in the balance
ECB - 02/09/2012
-- Compton blow for Somerset
Yahoo - 23/08/2012
-- Rose resigned to Lions losses
Cricinfo - 07/08/2012
-- Compton content to knuckle down
ECB - 07/08/2012
-- Somerset’s Nick Compton helps Lions with 46
Western Daily Press - 04/08/2012
-- Australia A bowlers impress Nick Compton
Bettor.com - 04/08/2012
-- CRICKET: Nick Compton eyes England success
Bridgwater Mercury - 02/08/2012
-- Somerset’s Nick Compton expects hard fought game against Lancashire
Bettor.com - 01/08/2012
-- Somerset's Nick Compton chases 1,000-run LV= County Championship milestone
This is Somerset - 01/08/2012
-- CRICKET: England Lions call-up for Somerset duo Compton and Kieswetter
Somerset County Gazette - 27/07/2012
-- Nick Compton lifts Somerset to T20 quarter-final in Worcestershire win
The Guardian - 08/07/2012