Sandford sign Sydney Grade star - 22/02/16

Matthew Hopkins

SANDFORD have pulled off a coup with the signing of Sydney Grade run machine Matthew Hopkins for the upcoming season.

Hopkins (26) is a prolific batsman playing alongside Worcestershire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore for Penrith in Sydney’s first-grade competition.

A left-hand opening or top-order batsman, Hopkins boasts an impressive Sydney Grade career dating back to his debut for Bankstown in 2006/07.

At the point of writing, over 174 matches Hopkins has scored 4,722 runs at 31.69 with 5 centuries. He has also picked up 23 wickets at 26.48 with his brisk medium-pace.

Hopkins spent four seasons with Bankstown (2007/07-09/10) scoring 1,535 runs at 28.96 predominantly in the third grade.

The following three seasons (2010/11-12/13) were spent with Sutherland scoring a further 1,712 runs at 25.67 including a brilliant maiden season in 2010/11 (774 runs at 48.38 including two centuries).

Since his move to Penrith in 2013/14, Hopkins has churned out another 1,475 runs at 30.73. Last summer (2014/15) was a particularly strong season for Hopkins scoring 548 runs at 39.14 including a highest score of 117.

He continues to churn out the runs in the current 2015/16 season with 440 first grade runs at 36.67 with fifties against Eastern Suburbs (93), Gordon District (59) and Sutherland (75).

At the conclusion of the current season, Hopkins will head to England to play his maiden league cricket stint in 2016. He has joined Devon Cricket League club Sandford where he will look to continue his run-scoring spree. 

 

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