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County cricketer Matthew Hobden dies aged 22

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Matthew Hobden's death on Sunday without giving a cause of death.

By: AP | London |
January 3, 2016 8:15:11 pm
Matthew Hobden, Matthew Hobden England, England Matthew Hobden, Matthew Hobden cricket, Sussex cricket, cricket sussex, cricket deaths, cricket news, cricket Matthew Hebdon (second from left) with his Sussex teammates. (Source: Tymal Mills Twiiter)

Matthew Hobden, an English cricketer regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming players in the country, has died. He was 22.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced Hobden’s death on Sunday. It didn’t give a cause of death.

Hobden was a seam bowler who had been selected for the Potential England Performance program for each of the last two years. He played county cricket for Sussex.

“As a player, I remember the first time I saw him just thinking, ‘Wow,”’ said Kevin Shine, the ECB’s lead fast bowling coach. “He was the strongest, most powerful cricketer I’ve ever seen on that program – up there with elite athletes from different sports. His potential was huge, he was improving rapidly and I’m certain that he would have played for England.”

England players wore black armbands in Hobden’s memory on the second day of the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday.

Hobden made his first-class debut in 2014 and represented Sussex in all formats of the game.

“Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game,” Sussex said in a statement.

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