First full sea­son ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket - By Richard Har­vey

Young Kent bowler Matt Hunn ad­mits he didn’t have the sea­son he ex­pected – it was much bet­ter. He re­turned the best bowl­ing fig­ures of his fledg­ling First-Class ca­reer (5-99) against Aus­tralia in the Ashes Tour opener at Can­ter­bury in June. Pace­man Hunn also made his T20 and one-day de­buts – not bad for some­one whose goal at the start of the sea­son was sim­ply to break into the cham­pi­onship side. No won­der Hunn, 21, was de­lighted with how his sea­son even­tu­ally panned out. He said: “I just didn’t ex­pect to play in all three for­mats in what re­ally was my first full sea­son, it sur­prised me. “You could say that it all went well for me af­ter that game against Aus­tralia. I got into in the cham­pi­onship side and made my lim­ited overs de­buts. It was cer­tainly a great sec­ond half of the sea­son. “When I made the cham­pi­onship side, I played in the fi­nal seven games of the cam­paign – it felt great to be a reg­u­lar. “Do­ing that can only be a good ex­pe­ri­ence for some­one as young as me be­cause it ex­poses you to so many dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. “The key now is that I learn from those ex­pe­ri­ences and take it for­ward next sea­son. I want to play regularly, re­gard­less of what for­mat it is in.” Hunn is wast­ing no time in start­ing his prepa­ra­tions for next year but it will be with a bat in his hand rather than a ball when he gets back in the nets soon. Hunn, who plays his club cricket for Sand­wich Town, reg­is­tered his high­est First­Class score, 23 not out in the LV= County Cham­pi­onship, Di­vi­sion 2 clash at Der­byshire in Au­gust. Now he’s de­ter­mined to strengthen that part of his game. He said: “A lot of bowlers don’t like bat­ting but I hon­estly do. “But it’s been a case of all or noth­ing this sea­son – I ei­ther get runs or I don’t. I want to im­prove on that and know there is a lot of work to be done.” As for high­lights from Hunn’s sea­son, the fivewicket haul against Aus­tralia, which in­cluded the scalp of then cap­tain Michael Clarke, ranks right up there. He also de­liv­ered his ball of the sea­son in that game – which was his first of the sea­son – a swing­ing de­liv­ery that up­rooted the off-stump of Mitchell Marsh. He said: “I was happy with that one be­cause it did a player of his cal­i­bre.”

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