Kent captain Sam Billings admitted he ‘did not agree’ with Kent fans after they jeered former club captain Sam Northeast during the Royal London Cup final defeat to Hampshire.
Northeast, who joined Hampshire from Kent during the winter months, was booed onto the field when he came out to bat, making an unbeaten 75 in Hampshire’s score of 330-7.
Billings and Kent failed to chase down their target in the 50 overs, being bowled out for 269, with Hampshire claiming the first domestic silverware of the season.
Former Kent captain Northeast made over 8000 first-class runs during his time at the club, however, left the side on bad terms last year.
When asked if he supported the jeering of Northeast during Hampshire’s innings, a disappointed Billings said:
In a word, no. That’s not really cricket. Of course whenever a player leaves a club there will be a bitterness but I don’t think that’s fair at all, really, to be very blunt. I don’t agree with it at all. It certainly gave the game an edge, everyone felt that in the ground.
Hampshire’s opening left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw was the star of the show in the final, making a magnificent 125 from 114 balls with Hampshire breaking the record for the highest score in a Lord’s final.