Sam Northeast 410 – I had a lot more nerve in the 190’s than in the 390’s

Sam Northeast 410 – I had a lot more nerve in the 190’s than in the 390’s

Congratulations. Can you summarize how you are feeling right now? You probably had just enough time to get it on the drive south.
Many Thanks. I think it’s something you always strive for in your career, but I never in my wildest imagination thought I’d end up on 410 and join some incredible names. The list of players: Lara, Hick, Bradman… As I said, joining this list is really beyond my wildest imagination. It’s been a crazy few days. You always strive for such a big personal milestone in your career. It was a special few days – and crowned by a great prize.

Was there a point where you realized you were on your way to a massive score, not just a big one? You weren’t out last night, had to set up the game – you must have known there was a chance of getting some serious runs this morning?

To be honest it was yesterday [when I realised]. I never really thought about it today. Now looking back at it… hitting a six to get to 400, what do I do? I could have just got there in a more conventional way. If I had come out without hitting 400 I would be kicking myself right now. It was always about building the game. It was a situation where we had to see how many we could get. The hard work was done yesterday. me and cookey [Chris Cooke, who made 191 not out] We could go out and enjoy ourselves this morning after we sit down.

Were you aware of certain numbers today? Did you tick them off in your own head – past Bradman, past Hick?

No not at all. I knew I needed two runs for Glamorgan’s all-time high score. That was done this morning. Even to be on par with Steve James, I thought, ‘okay, I’m happy now’. After that it was just a matter of hanging in there and seeing how far I can go. I remember going through it and thinking, “333 is pretty good… 350 is pretty good, let’s move on”. That’s how I took it today.

Your highest first class score to date has been 191. What has been your highest score to date – have you made a fool of yourself at a school or club game?
191 was my highest in everything. I had a lot more nerve in the 190s than in the 390s, which sounds completely ridiculous to even talk about now. I really wanted double. That was something I wanted to cross off the list in my career, and in a way I thought that was never going to happen. It’s not something you think about all the time, is it? ‘I want to get a double hundred this week’. They just think, “Let’s rebuild and move on”. You never have enough, as all my coaches have told me over the years. I think it was kind of true.

Players talk about feeling in the zone or completing batting after those innings. Did anything feel massively different to you?
I spoke to my dad last night and he said it’s the best thing he’s ever seen me do. I thought, ‘Really?’ I said I felt good, but not like I was on another planet, and he was like, ‘No, it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen from you.’ That came from someone who’s seen me bat quite a lot in my career, so the fact that he admitted that was nice. It didn’t really feel any different. They were obviously trying to make plans against certain bowlers and to be honest it felt like a normal day at the office – but obviously it wasn’t.

Did you have family there today? Did your father make the trip?
He watched every ball in the stream. He considered coming over today but didn’t want to put any pressure on me – he came upstairs so I wouldn’t do anything. He enjoys watching the stream. I don’t think he missed a ball from ball one.

I’m sure you’ll say all the right things about putting the team first, but has there ever been a small part of you that thought about asking for another half hour just to see if you 500 could give a nudge?

Frosted [Maynard, Glamorgan’s coach] and Lloydy [David Lloyd, captain] and kiran [Carlson, vice-captain] it basically told us and said we could get 28 more runs for the best sixth-wicket partnership ever in a cricket – ‘if you really want that, we won’t stop you.’ Me and Cookey had in mind that lunch was the declaration and always would be. We left it up to ourselves what looks like the right time and the right number of runs – to be honest, it couldn’t have gone any better.

A year ago you were on your way out in Hampshire and had a couple of loan spells at the end of the season – everything is looking a little blurry. Does that feel like it’s been a long time now?

It was probably a time when I didn’t really know where the future lay and everything looked pretty uncertain. To have found a really good home at Glamorgan and to be able to enjoy my cricket again I couldn’t be happier at the moment. I just hope everything keeps going up. We won today and we’re chasing promotion, which is fantastic. Hopefully [there are] more good times for me and Glamorgan Cricket.

How do you not celebrate an innings of 410 out?
I literally only go to a mate’s barbecue – a mate from my Hampshire days. I just snuck in here from Leicester. We booked this so it will be nice to celebrate with some friends. It’s supposed to be fun tonight and then tomorrow I’ll see the family and celebrate a little more – then it’s back to the county.

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