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Favourite sports person: Nick Knight

Favourite band: Florence and the Machine

Favourite food: Baked beans on toast

Favourite car: Smart Car

Best cricketing moment: Being around the T20 winning team in 2007

Proudest moment: Still to come...

Favourite film: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Most annoying habit: Clicking finger

Most likely to: Win in morning football

Party trick: My 3D TV

Look alike: Nick Knight

Education: Northbourne Park, Wellesley House, Harrow School.

Player statistics

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Born 18 October 1989 Years of Service 2007 -
Squad number 17 Debut 2007 -
Height 5'11" Nicknames Bam, North, Knighty, Chumley
Capped 2012 Bat Right-hand
Best bat First Class - 176 Bowl Right-arm off-spin
Best bowl

Biography

Sam was appointed club captain in September 2015, succeeding Rob Key who spent nine years in two spells in the role.

In 2010, the former England under-19 star burst on the scene to top Kent’s first-class batting averages. His 969 runs came at a healthy average of 57 and included three centuries.

A sublime 165 against eventual champions Derbyshire was a Championship best and he moved past 3,000 first-class runs in the process.

Sam was named captain when Kent faced the touring South Africans in 2012 and led from the front, scoring 35 and 54 not out against one of the world’s most fearsome bowling attacks.

After a prolific 2012, Sam scored a maiden List A century in the Spitfires record run-chase against Sussex Sharks in 2013.

The innovative batsman has also developed into a stylish limited-overs player. His List A average of 32.25 is improving all the time and in T20 cricket he is equally at ease opening the batting or playing down the order.

He hit a career-best 114 in a record-breaking win, toppling Chris Gayle's unbeaten 151 in Somerset's 224-7 at Taunton in May 2015.

The 25-year-old passed 6,000 first-class career runs in 2015, helping him win the Spitfire Batsman of the Year Award with 2,007 runs in all formats.

He repeated the feat in 2016, topping the run-scoring charts in all formats and earning a call-up to a South XI to play the North in a 50-over series in Abu Dhabi before leading the MCC against Champion County Middlesex.

Other teams

England U16s, England U19s.

Overseas tours

Kent Youth Development to Barbados 2000, Harrow School to Sri Lanka 2004, England U16’s to South Africa 2005. England U19 to Malaysia, 2007 and to South Africa 2009.