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Favourite Sports Person
Most Likely To
Netflix and chill
Shorne CE Primary School,King's School, Rochester
'First I prepare, then I have faith' - Joe Namath
Best Cricketing Moment
Winning the 2007 T20 Cup with Kent
Becoming Kent Head Coach
Head Coach, Capped Player 189
|Date of Birth||2nd January 1974||Debut||For Kent: FC v Zimbabwe B (1993); CC v Durham (1994); List-A v Worcestershire (1994); T20 v Hampshire (2003)|
|Years of Service||1993-2008; 2014-||Capped||2000 (189)|
|Best Bat||For Kent: FC 275* v Somerset (1996); List-A 117 v Warwickshire (1997); T20 58* v Middlesex (2006)||Bowl||Right-arm medium|
|Best Bowl||For Kent: FC 2-21 v Middlesex (2004); List-A 4-24 v Yorkshire (2001)||Shirt Sponsor||-|
Something of a club legend, ‘Walks’ played his first game for Kent in 1994, and ended up playing in nearly 500-games for the club, scoring over 16,000 runs, before joining Essex for the last few years of his playing career. An ever present in the 2007 Twenty20 Cup winning side, Matt is a real club favourite and popular among players, colleagues, and fans. He holds the record for the highest score by a Kent player at the Spitfire Ground; 275* vs Somerset in 1996, sharing 100+ run partnerships with Trevor Ward, Carl Hooper, and Dean Headley.
Matt’s playing record speaks for itself: 9,722 in First Class cricket, 5,665-runs in List-A cricket. Matt played in 40 T20s for Kent, and his high score was 58*. In an interesting twist of fate, Tim Groenewald was the last bowler to dismiss Matt in T20 cricket; Tim would, 12-years later, join Kent with Matt as Head Coach.
After retirement, Matt replaced Graham Gooch as Essex’s batting coach, when Gooch joined the England set-up on a full-time basis. Three years in the role followed, before in 2014 he returned to Canterbury to become Assistant Coach to Jimmy Adams. For two years Matt was Adams’ assistant, and when Adams left in 2016 to return to the Caribbean, ‘Walks’ was promoted to Kent Head Coach, which he cites as being his proudest cricketing moment. In 2018, Matt led Kent to promotion from Division 2 of the County Championship, and finished as runners-up in the Royal London One Day Cup; losing to Hampshire in the final at Lord’s. 2019 was another good year for the club in First Class cricket, as Kent finished fourth in Division 1, despite being touted as early relegation candidates.
England U19 to India 1992-93 (captain)