Nathan joins Kent

Somerset fast bowler Nathan Gilchrist has decided to leave the Club and join Kent next season,

The 20-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Canterbury-based county and will join them on loan for the remainder of this season.

Nathan joined the playing staff in September 2018, shortly after graduating from the Somerset Academy and led the Somerset Second XI attack last year, claiming 27 wickets across both formats.

Regarding Nathan’s decision to leave the Club, Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “We are disappointed that Nathan has decided to move on, but we respect his decision.

“We offered him a multi-year extension that would have enabled us to continue to support his development, and we genuinely felt that he would be competing for a First XI place this season and beyond.

“However, Nathan feels that opportunities more appropriate to his immediate aspirations lie elsewhere at this time. He is a very popular member of the dressing room and we thank him for his service to the Club and wish him well.”

After agreeing to join Kent, Nathan said: “It’s been really tough to come to this decision, but ultimately I just feel that this is best for me and my career at the moment.

“That doesn’t take anything away from everything that Somerset have given me. I’m really thankful to the Club, all the coaching staff, the players and the fans for being so supportive over the last four years.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Somerset and I’m really grateful to them for giving me the chance to become a professional cricketer and reach the dream that I’ve had since a young age.

“The Club gave me a home when I came over from South Africa and I will be forever grateful for everything that they’ve done for me. Ultimately, I just feel that a fresh challenge is something that I need to kickstart my career.”

Nathan, whose father is English, was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa. He first came to this country when he was involved in a cricket exchange between St Stithians School in Johannesburg and King’s College Taunton, where he studied for a BTEC.

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