The English cricket fraternity has been shocked by the sudden death of Sussex Sharks fast bowler Matthew Hobden.
The English county club Sussex confirmed the news on Sunday morning that the 22-year-old, who played 18 first class game, had died. However, the reason of death yet to be known.
“Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden,” they said in a statement.
“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.”
Hobden has been regular in England Cricket’s Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) over the past 12 months and was touted as a possible future international player.
The group of bowlers were due to spend time in Johannesburg alongside the senior England side to help with preparations for the upcoming one day international series against South Africa.
Players took social media to pay their homage to the young soul.
Deeply saddened by the news of matt hobdens passing hard to see why these things happen at all let alone great ppl.hang in there @SussexCCC
— John Hastings (@johnhastings194) January 2, 2016
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) January 3, 2016
“Devastated to hear the news late last night about Matt! Such a great man & team mate taken far too soon. Gutted. Thoughts with his family,” tweeted Melbourne Stars batsman Luke Wright.
“Very shocked and saddened by the news of Matthew Hobden. Thoughts are with the Hobden family. #RIPMatthew #CricketFamily,” posted Ravi Bopara.
“Thoughts & prayers with all of Matt Hobden’s family at this tragic time. A great guy with a huge future taken far too soon. #riphobsy.” wrote former Sussex and England wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
Hobden took 48 wickets at an average of 39.35 for Sussex and had recently been named in the fast bowling group for the potential England performance program.
Hobden took 48 wickets at an average of 39.35 for Sussex and had recently been named in the fast-bowling group for the potential England performance program.