Matt Hunn conceded he is still in a state of shock after making a whirlwind start to his Kent career in what proved a dream major county debut.
The 19-year-old, who made the switch from Bury St Edmunds just last week, found himself thrust into the glare of The Spitfire Ground, as Kent hosted Lancashire in their final LV County Championship Division Two fixture of the season.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here, I can’t really believe it,” he said.
“It is a dream come true for me to have signed for Kent and when I heard of their interest I jumped at the chance.
“I only found out on Saturday they wanted me to play and then they had to get me registered. It was a massive shock but I just wanted to impress.”
And that is exactly what the promising right-arm fast-medium bowler did, picking up his first wicket in Oliver Newby (1) before claiming the prize scalp of Ashwell Prince, who had reached 134, as Hunn finished his debut with promising figures of 2-51 from his 17 overs at the end of day two.
“The whole occasion was unbelievable for me,” he added.
“Walking out at the ground was all a bit surreal, but I just tried not to let it affect me and just concentrate on my bowling.
“I have to admit I had a little look around to soak it in because there was definitely a few more people in the stands than I am used to.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got that first wicket and then to take another one in Prince was amazing.
“He was batting extremely well, but I finally managed to get him and it was a huge personal scalp for me and definitely the biggest of my career.”
For Hunn, the move comes as the latest step his impressive emergence as he aims to fulfil the early potential demonstrated last season in the East Anglian Premier League with the Victory Ground based outfit.
Despite a disappointing campaign for the club, which saw them narrowly escape relegation, Hunn emerged as a shining light, amassing a total of 40 wickets to account for just over 32 per cent of Bury’s total wickets, including season’s best figures of 6-42, which came against another of his former sides in Sudbury back in July.
Despite seemingly making a smooth transition from East Anglia’s top domestic league to major county cricket and impressing, Hunn — who has also featured for Suffolk at Minor Counties level — is well aware he may have to wait for further first-team opportunities with Kent.
“Hopefully there will be more first team opportunities to come, but I’m only 19 years old and I know there is strong competition for places,” he conceded.
“If I can perform well and take wickets for the second team, where I think I will begin next season, then hopefully the opportunities will come again.
“I still can’t really believe I’m here if I’m honest, it’s a surreal situation but one I’m just looking forward to.”