Matthew Hobden, aged 22, had the best years ahead of him © Getty Images
Matthew Hobden, aged 22, had the best years ahead of him © Getty Images

Englishman Matthew Hobden, a Sussex cricketer, has passed away at the tender age of 22. He had been playing for Sussex the last two years and is said to have shown great potential to improve on his tepid figures. The youngster last played a game for Sussex on August 19, 2015. Since his debut game in 2012, the right arm seam bowler had featured in 18 First-Class games apart from three List-A matches. He had a total tally of 48 wickets to his name at an impressive strike-rate of 54.3, albeit a less impressive average of 39.35. The news of his passing was broken in a statement by Sussex Cricket board.

Sussex’s statement released on their official website read: “Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden. Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex’s Youth and Academy ranks, having been born locally in Eastbourne.

“He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2014 and had represented the county across all three formats over the past two seasons. He will be greatly missed. Sussex would like to offer their deepest condolences to Matthew’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Players and staff will be offered as much support as is possible and we would like both Matthew’s family, and everyone connected with Sussex Cricket, to be respected with privacy at this time. The club will make no further comment at this stage,” it concluded.