Where are they now? Nick Compton

Throughout the winter we’ve been catching up with former Somerset players to see where their careers took them after they left the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Today it’s the turn of former Somerset and England batsman, Nick Compton.

Nick joined Somerset ahead of the 2010 season and went on to make 67 First Class appearances for the Club, making 5140 runs at an average of 55.86. He also featured in 50 List A matches, scoring 1287 runs and played 43 times in T20 cricket in which he scored 706 runs.

During his time with Somerset his prolific run scoring earned him the first nine of his 16 England Test caps.

Nick left Somerset at the end of the 2014 season and rejoined Middlesex where he helped the county from Lord’s to win the County Championship in 2016.

Does Nick have fond memories of his time in Taunton?

“I had an amazing few years at Somerset,” he said. “It was a very, very special time and a very special group of players. Apart from winning a trophy, it was as good as it could be. Obviously it was disappointing not to win a trophy, but it was a great time for me.

“You can’t get much better than the consistency of that Somerset team over a three year period in all formats of the game. That really was a very good team and to be able to play every day with someone like Marcus Trescothick was great. I learned a huge amount from him and to have someone like that batting at the other end was good for me. To be able to learn from someone who led by such an example was outstanding. I want to wish him the very best for the future and thank him for all the support that he gave me. I’m also really glad to see Andy Hurry back at Somerset as well.

“The Somerset fans were great to me. Playing at Lord’s is special and there are many great grounds around the country but when you play at Somerset, the intimacy with the fans and the fact that you get to know them personally is amazing. There is no better feeling for a domestic cricketer than playing for a fanbase that are so supportive and engrossed in the Club.

“I really did feel the warmth from them and I hope that they appreciate that I gave everything that I could when I was there. My big ambition was to become a part of that Somerset team when I joined. That meant everything to me, and to be accepted by the Somerset fans was special and I was sad when I left.”

Nick retired from the game in 2018. What led him to make that decision?

“I’d had a couple of injuries. I had a neck operation as well as operations on my hip and my shoulder. Although I still felt that I was young enough to continue and to be able to play a part, I just felt like my body had given out on me.”

In his final year as a professional he was awarded a testimonial by Middlesex, which was something very special to him, as he explained.

“I was grateful to have been given a testimonial year by Middlesex in the same year that marked the hundredth year since my Grandfather’s birth. Obviously he was a huge influence on my career and I wanted to use that as an opportunity to pay homage to the influence that he had on me and to his 100th anniversary. I also wanted to use that to thank people for the journey that I’d had and for the opportunities that I’ve been given.

“It was nice to be able to end that way, but I wasn’t able to finish my career in the way that I would have really liked. There’s a part of me that would still like to be playing now, but the body just isn’t up to it.”

What is Nick doing now?

“I’ve been doing some commentating work on things like the CPL, which was a great experience. I’m also an ambassador for Middlesex.

“I’ve been out to America quite a lot and doing some coaching over there. I think that there’s a huge opportunity for franchise based games in America. I’ve also been working with some local communities over there, which I really enjoyed.

“I also went to Kenya to help the East Africa Character Development Trust, who go to slum schools and use cricket as a vehicle to develop character. Photography is also a big passion of mine, so we took some pictures when we were out there. I sold those photos at an exhibition when we got back and we donated all that money to the Trust.

“I still have a passion for elite performance, and the media is a side of the game that I really enjoy. I’d love to become a presenter or commentator over the next few years because I still love the game. I’m still looking to develop myself and to find that next purpose.”

How would Nick sum up his career?

“Things could have ended better, but things could certainly have been a lot worse,” he said. “I’m extremely grateful to have been able to play for the Club where my grandfather was a hero. I had the opportunity to play at Lord’s, I played Test cricket at Lord’s, I didn’t lose a series with England, I made three Test hundreds and I played in arguably one of the best Somerset teams that there has ever been.

“Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back down in Somerset, and it will be good to see some familiar faces.”

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