Published: 14th July, 2020
Having returned to his family home in Barbados for lockdown, young Surrey all-rounder Nico Reifer will be back in the UK later this month and is ready to get going.
Since signing his rookie deal in the winter, Reifer has spent time living in Perth, London and Barbados. Now, with the county season looming at the start of next month he will return to London on the 20th July.
Government rules mean that Barbados is classed as low-risk and therefore he will not require a quarantine period upon his return. That should mean he can get on with the task at hand of playing cricket at The Kia Oval once more.
An attacking batsman who bowls right-arm seam, Reifer began his British winter at Midland-Guildford in Perth. Playing grade cricket for the Club Alec Stewart spent much of his early years as a professional, Reifer averaged 81.40 at second grade level and scored 85 runs in four outings at first grade.
From there, he returned to London. The 19-year-old first made his debut for Surrey’s 2nd XI in 2017 and has featured regularly since, while training with the Club’s players on occasion. Working with the Surrey coaches and players for the first time as a professional this pre-season, Reifer looked right at home as this video shows.
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Once lockdown was called however, it was back to Barbados and the family home for the all-rounder. After several weeks of strict monitoring from local government, the last month has seen him get back into the nets at Wanderers Cricket Club.
“It was hard to get as much done as I would have liked early on but the coaches have been in touch with me all the time. I feel fit now and I’ve been netting a lot at Wanderers so I’m feeling good,” said Reifer.
“I’ll be straight into training when I get back to London and I’m looking forward to working closely with the squad and the coaches. There’s lots I can learn from all the people involved at Surrey so I will be making sure I do that.”
In the UK, Reifer will be sharing a flat with his fellow youngster Nicholas Kimber, Dan Moriarty and James Taylor – none of whom are native to London.
“Before lockdown I was getting used to living in London and living with the others. I know that it will be easy to get back into it when I’m back and living with the other guys who are also early in their careers will be helpful for all of us.”
With a few months to run on his current rookie deal and only a shortened season, is feeling the need to impress his coaches immediately?
“I’ve worked hard to get to this point but there’s a lot more to learn. It’s not about impressing them because that’s out of my control. It’s just about showing what I can do, working hard on all aspects of my game and learning every day.”