Local cricket clubs pay tribute after tragic death of Matt Hobden

Matt Hobden celebrates a wicket for Sussex in his last First Class game at Horsham last summer
Matt Hobden celebrates a wicket for Sussex in his last First Class game at Horsham last summer
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A number of local cricket clubs have paid their own tributes to young Sussex bowler Matt Hobden after his tragic death over the weekend.

The 22-year-old was tipped for an extremely bright future in the game with many expecting the seamer to go on to play for England.

The former Eastbourne College pupil had played 18 First Class games for Sussex and taken 48 wickets including two five-wicket hauls.

Circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear but he is believed to have died suddenly while in Scotland on Saturday night.

The bowler’s last First Class game for Sussex was in their heavy defeat to Nottingham at Horsham’s Cricketfield Road last year, where he took two wickets.

As a youngster, Hobden played for Glynde and Beddingham in the Sussex Cricket League where he helped them to win the final of the Village Cup at Lord’s in 2009.

Matt Hobden, back right, celebrates victory in the Village Cup with Glynde back in 2009

Matt Hobden, back right, celebrates victory in the Village Cup with Glynde back in 2009

He also played for Preston Nomads last season in the Premier Division after joining the club in 2012, where he featured against many local teams.

Billingshurst led the way with some touching words on Twitter, saying: “Very saddened to hear that cricket has lost @SussexCCC Matt Hobden. Thoughts & prayers with his family and friends this evening #RIPMatt.

“A wonderful tribute to a very talented young man taken from his family & friends too soon.”

Horsham Cricket Club added: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Matt Hobden at this very sad time.”

From the lower divisions, Steyning said: “All at Steyning CC are saddened at the news of Matthew Hobden’s passing. Our thoughts are with his Friends and Family at this hard time.”

Clubs Henfield and West Chiltington also acknowledged the sad news with the latter saying: “Dreadful news about Matt Hobden. Thoughts with families and friends. #riphobbo.”

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