Former Suffolk bowler Matt Hunn aiming for first-class season with Kent

Matt Hunn

Matt Hunn - Credit: Archant

Matt Hunn burst on to the first-class cricket scene last season and the former Suffolk bowler is desperate to continue living the dream this summer.

The Colchester-born seamer twice took the scalp of South African Test star Ashwell Prince during his LV=County Championship Division Two debut against Lancashire, last September, just days after signing a one-year deal at The Spitfire Ground.

The former Easton, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds paceman, will begin this campaign in the Kent second-team, with the likes of Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger set to spearhead the first-team attack.

However, following a taste of first-team action, the 20-year-old is ready to make the most of any call-up.

“I still can’t believe what’s happened, it’s a dream come true and the key is for me to just keep working hard and keep my head down,” said Hunn, whose spell playing for Australia side Tuart Hill, over the winter, was cut short due to an Achilles injury.

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“We have a fairly strong attack at Kent and there will be a lot of good bowlers competing for probably two seamer spots.

“I would love to cement a place in the first team, but I know that’s not realistic at the moment. I have just got to keep working hard, taking wickets for the second team, and hopefully pushing for selection.”

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Hunn returned figures of three for 118 in his only County Championship game to date, and knows people may have high expectations of him this season.

“I couldn’t believe I received the call. I had literally just signed for Kent and had not done anything for two weeks as I did not think I had any games left,” he recalled.

“I made a good start and I was pleased with how I bowled.”

Hunn, whose first-team captain will be former England batsman Rob Key this season, added: “You can’t afford to put too much pressure on yourself.

“I have learned this pre-season that if I bowl a bad delivery, I have just got to let it go. That has helped me a lot.”

Hunn was in a combined Kent/Northants 2nd XI team for a friendly against Warwickshire, which started yesterday. Kent scored 193 for seven of 58 overs and Hunn didn’t bat.

He will be expected to take wickets today.

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