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Matthew Valentine Fleming

Matthew Valentine Fleming

BatRight-handBowlRight-arm medium-fast
Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service1989-2002DebutKent 1989
Local Club-Shirt Sponsor-

Other Teams

England and England A.

Overseas Tours

England VI (Six a-side competition) to Hong Kong, 1997. England to Sharjah 1997-98. England to West Indies 1997-98 (One Day Series). England to Bangladesh, 1998 (Wills International Cup).Overseas Teams: Avendale, Cape Town 1983-84.

Player Biography

With an establishment background hailing from a different era – Eton and the army came before his cricket really took shape – Matthew Fleming was almost the archetypal good county pro, a capable allrounder who was particularly adept at the one-day game, described by Christopher Martin-Jenkins as “an occasionally inspirational and inspired player, always wholehearted and brilliant at cover point.” In 1997 an excellent season for Kent was rewarded with a call-up to the England one-day side, and on his debut against India at Sharjah, he took 4 for 45 to help steer England to a narrow win. In the next six months he made another 10 appearances, bowling consistently but struggling to make an impression with the bat. He continued to lead Kent with distinction, moulding them into a competitive and efficient side, especially in the one-day arena. He proved to be a good observer and writer on the game, and after retiring at the end of 2002 (he signed off by scoring the fastest hundred of the summer, 66 balls against the touring Sri Lankans) his involvement in the game continued as an administrator.