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20 March 2017.

Sam Northeast enjoyed scoring an unbeaten century in front of the England selectors and said it was ideal preparation for the 2017 season.

The Kent captain said: “It’s nice to be out here, it’s an honour to come and play in this. I felt in good touch going into this week so I was confident inside but I’m very happy tonight that we’ve won 2-0 and I’ve got some runs on the board

“I’ve batted with Daws (Liam Dawson) quite a bit. I played England Under-19s with him growing up, so we get on pretty well. We communicated what we thought was a good score, we said 320-330, kept it ticking over, then said let’s go and have a bit of fun, and we did really.

"We ended up getting 340 which was brilliant. It was a good wicket, what Farby and Andy Flower have said is go out there and express yourself, don’t have any fear of failure, just go out there and have a good time.

“There are competitive highly skilful cricketers playing against each other. It’s nice to be around - I haven’t been around since Under-19 days and it’s fantastic preparation for me as well for the season coming up.

“We’ve gelled as a side really well and we’ve been playing some really good cricket.

“I made sure I wasn’t going to do anything different from what I’ve been doing at Kent - but it’s still really nice to score some runs in front of the selectors.”

Northeast is set to feature in the final North v South fixture on Tuesday before leading the MCC squad against Champion County Middlesex in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

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