Sammy King Signs Nottinghamshire One-Year Deal
Academy product Sammy King has signed a new one-year contract with Nottinghamshire having impressed in Second XI cricket during his first full season on the professional staff.
A right-handed middle-order batsman and right-arm seamer, the all-rounder scored 629 runs in the Second XI Championship in 2022 with two centuries, an average of 34.94 and a high score of 120 against Leicestershire.
The 19-year-old’s standout bowling analysis of 3-34 came in the same fixture against the Foxes at Uppingham School.
“I have really enjoyed the experience of being a professional over the last year, particularly having grown up at the club and spent so much time here through my teens,” said King.
“At times it was actually a bit surreal learning from those who I have spent such a long time watching. I am grateful for the support I receive here.
“And I feel like I’m growing as a person and a player, becoming more comfortable with my own game and at the level I am playing.
“To be staying for a further year is pleasing because I feel like there is so much that I can achieve in the game, and during the next 12 months I can really look to demonstrate that.”
King began his cricketing journey at Nottingham High School aged 11, joining the Green and Golds’ pathway in the under 14s.
He went on to captain the Midlands at the ECB’s Super 4s competition, and gain a place in the England U19s’ squad for an intra-squad friendly, whilst being named Academy Player of the Season in 2020.
The 2021 campaign brought a List A debut as a concussion replacement against Glamorgan, prior to signing on as a professional on an initial one-year deal.
Alongside Second XI cricket for the Green and Golds, the former Academy captain’s 2022 has also encompassed four National Counties contests for Norfolk and a Test Match appearance as England’s twelfth man against New Zealand.
“Sammy is certainly a talent with bat and ball, and someone who has moved his game forward a lot since being around the first team squad,” said Nottinghamshire Head Coach Peter Moores.
“Scoring two hundreds this season in the Second Eleven feels like a significant breakthrough with the bat and the challenge now will be to progress his bowling at a similar rate.
“His talent and attitude have never been in question and it is his ability to often deliver when the team needs it most that excites everyone.
“This winter will be an opportunity to keep that progression going and to start to find the consistency needed to start to really push for a first team place.”