Ex-Windies skipper hails former Sudbury bowler

CHARACTER: Matt Hunn is earning plaudits from his county coach
CHARACTER: Matt Hunn is earning plaudits from his county coach

Former Sudbury bowler Matt Hunn and Suffolk CCC have both been praised by former West Indies skipper Jimmy Adams.

Hunn, in his first full season at Kent after signing on a dual registration with Suffolk, signed a two-year deal with the south-east county this week.

The 20-year-old fast bowler made his debut for Kent at the end of last season and has figured twice this summer in their LV= County Championship Division Two campaign.

Along with fellow fast bowler Charlie Hartley he has been praised by Kent coach Adams, who played in 54 Tests — 15 as captain — for the West Indies.

Adams told the Kent website: “We think a lot of Charlie and Matt.

“There is obvious ability, but the bigger picture here is that we’re trying to develop a squad capable of performing across all formats and I want good characters to play a role in that.

“These two have a willingness to learn, as well as the right character, and they’ve shown enough already to make me believe that the club will reap a return in the future on the investment we have already made on them.

“We value them both very highly and we want them to be involved with the Kent squad as we go forward.

“The big point, given time, planning, hard work and a lot of support, is that they can both become key players in a good bowling unit.”

Adams, who was appointed Kent coach in early 2012, added: “I’d also like to put on record how pleased I am with the role Suffolk have played in Matt’s development and, as a minor county, they have every right to be proud of their part in his becoming a first-class player.”

Hunn, whose third and most recent first-class appearance came earlier this month against Essex at Chelmsford, said: “It feels like a long time ago since I made my debut, but I knew with the bowlers we had on the staff that I wouldn’t be featuring at the start of 2014.

“Then I picked up a back niggle at the back of pre-season which didn’t help at all.

“Thankfully that’s all behind me now, the ball is starting to come out well and I’m picking up wickets again for the seconds.”

The former Sudbury bowler added: “I spoke recently with Bobby Flack, the Suffolk manager and coach, and Tom Huggins and Justin Bishop, who helped me in club cricket, and they are all delighted by my progress.