Nottinghamshire’s academy start their Nottinghamshire Premier League season this weekend with a fixture at Rolls Royce.
Already with months of cricket under his belt, Ben Kitt confirmed his sharpness ahead of the fixture.
“I’m feeling good, I’ve been bowling well over the last few weeks,” he said.
“I got a lot out of our pre-season tour to Sri Lanka, and to come back and play Second XI cricket after some match practice has set me in good stead ahead of the Academy season.”
Fast bowler Kitt has shown excellent form in the seconds’ early-season fixtures, ending their three-day friendly with nine wickets under his belt.
As one of Nottinghamshire’s younger professionals, Kitt spent the winter training alongside the senior squad, and has been ever-present in the nets since cricket returned to Trent Bridge after a winter across the world.
“It’s been great for my development,” he said.
“All of the younger lads have improved from being around the senior squad, people like myself, Luke Wood and Hassan Azad are all benefiting from their experience.”
Nottinghamshire’s young Academy side have excelled in the Premier League in recent seasons, their quality more than holding its own against comparatively more experienced opponents. It’s a difficult league though, and Kitt touted Rolls Royce to be one of their toughest oppositions this summer.
“They’re a very good side, it’s not going to be easy for us,” he said.
“They have some good players, who can easily go out and win a game.
“It’s up to us to go out there and show the quality we have, and if we do that then we can start this season with a win.”
Nottinghamshire Academy XI to face Rolls Royce: Paul Franks*, Tom Keast (+), Hassan Azad, Elliot Bowles, Brett Hutton, Ben Kitt, Adam Tillcock, Jake Tong, Simon Webster, Sam Wood, Luke Wood.