SUDBURY pace bowler Matthew Hunn has been tipped for a career at major county level after impressing Suffolk vice-captain Tom Huggins.
The 18-year-old has shot to prominence in the last 12 months both with Sudbury in the East Anglian Premier League and also at Minor Counties level where he has become a key member of the Suffolk bowling attack.
He has already taken four wickets this season for his county, a quarter of all Suffolk’s wickets, and has posted season-best statistics of 3-39 which came in the last month’s MCCA Knockout Trophy Group Two encounter to help his side progress through to a quarter final encounter away at Staffordshire on Sunday (11am).
Those strong performances have caught the eye of Huggins, who has been left in no doubt that Hunn has the potential to flourish not only for Suffolk but also at the highest domestic level.
“Matt Hunn is a great young promise and I am in no doubt if he continues then he will feature for a major county,” he said.
“He only started playing with us last year but has done extremely well. It is incredibly promising for Suffolk.
“He bowls with a lot of pace and has started high up the order for us because he scares batsmen early on.
“If we didn’t trust him he wouldn’t be given the opportunity to bowl high up the order, and make no mistake he has earned it with his performances.
“He has great potential and when he gets it right it is brilliant to see his pace and accuracy scare batsmen into making shots they don’t want to.
“He restricts the runs of teams which always gives you a good chance of claiming victory.
“I really do believe he has all the attributes to go on and have a great career at major county level.
“He is tall, athletic, agile in the field, wants to improve and is always willing to learn, which above anything is the most important factor for him to progress.”
The youngster is likely to feature in Sunday’s encounter and Huggins is confident of taking one step closer to the final of the competition they last won back in 2007.
“We’re looking forward to the match because it is a great opportunity for us to recreate what we achieved in 2007,” he added.
“Staffordshire are a strong side but so are we and with our strength in depth we know we have a great chance.
“If we perform to the level we know we are capable of then we should have no problems in progressing.”