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The scalps of Aussies Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh were the highlight of Matt Hunn's season at Kent


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Young Kent bowler Matt Hunn admits he didn’t have the season he expected – it was much better.

He returned the best bowling figures of his fledgling First-Class career (5-99) against Australia in the Ashes Tour opener at Canterbury in June.

Paceman Hunn also made his T20 and one-day debuts – not bad for someone whose goal at the start of the season was simply to break into the championship side.

Matt Hunn in action against Essex at Tunbridge Wells Picture: Barry Goodwin
Matt Hunn in action against Essex at Tunbridge Wells Picture: Barry Goodwin

No wonder Hunn, 21, was delighted with how his season eventually panned out.
He said: “I just didn’t expect to play in all three formats in what really was my first full season, it surprised me.

“You could say that it all went well for me after that game against Australia. I got into in the championship side and made my limited overs debuts. It was certainly a great second half of the season.

“When I made the championship side, I played in the final seven games of the campaign – it felt great to be a regular.

“Doing that can only be a good experience for someone as young as me because it exposes you to so many different situations.

“The key now is that I learn from those experiences and take it forward next season. I want to play regularly, regardless of what format it is in.”

As for highlights from Hunn’s season, the five-wicket haul against Australia, which included the scalp of then captain Michael Clarke, ranks right up there.

He also delivered his ball of the season in that game – which was his first of the season – a swinging delivery that uprooted the off-stump of Mitchell Marsh.

He said: “I was happy with that one because it did a player of his calibre.”

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