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Matthew Smit

South Africa | Batsman

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Matthew Smit
Born29/03/1995
Country South Africa
Player Status Available
Player Type Batsman
Player RoleLH Top-Order Bat | RA Off-Break
Player Level Amateur
Entry Route Standard Visitor Visa
Major TeamsJeppe Quandam CC 1st XI, St Benedict’s College 1st XI, Gauteng U17s

 

Matthew Smit (22) is a fantastic batting prospect from South Africa who's been the stand-out performer in the Kent League over the past four seasons, initially for OD Cuaco (2014), then Linden Park (2015) and Bromley (2016 & 2017).

Smit topped the Kent League run charts in 2014, whilst playing for Division 4 side OD CUACO (1,157 runs at 96.42 with 6 centuries), then finished third across the divisions in 2015, but topped the Division 1 charts with 868 runs at 57.87 with another 4 hundreds playing for Linden Park. Smit then played for Bromley and, after a slow start to the summer, struck back-to-back hundreds in the Kent Premier to finish with 590 runs at 36.88 alongside 11 wickets at 32.82.However this summer he has bounced back in phenomenal style and has amassed a huge 847 Kent premier league runs at 65.15. He has also been a very useful addition with his off spin, snaring 16 victims at just over 11.

During his chart topping maiden summer, Smit struck his runs with a strike rate of 112.7 and boasted a highest score of 167*. He hit an incredible 1,875 runs across all formats for OD CUACO including a total of 9 hundreds and 4 fifties.

On his return, the trend continued, albeit in the much higher standard of Division 1. He scored an incredible 2,418 runs at 71.12 for Linden Park across all formats, including 10 centuries and highest score of 170. In one of his best outings of the season, the South African scored a brilliant 101 against Canterbury, then backed up with figures of 6-43 (10) to bowl Linden Park to a 7-run victory.

In his native South Africa, Smit has played in the Gauteng Premier League for Jeppe Quandam in Johannesburg’s top flight club competition. In 2015/16, he topped the Two-Day competition run charts with 512 runs at 73.14 alongside 12 wickets at 18.08. He has previously represented his St Benedict’s College 1st XI (2011-13) where he become the highest capped played in the school (85). During his tenure, he broke a raft of school records. He was the first player to (a) score successive centuries (against St Georges and CBC Zimbabwe); (b) score 1,000 runs in a season (1,193 runs); (c) average over 50 in a calendar year (56.80); (d) fastest century and; (e) most centuries in a season.

Smit also represented Gauteng Under-17’s at the CSA Under-17s Cricket Week in December 2012 alongside South African Under-19 stars Keith Dudgeon and Marques Ackerman. He struck several notable scores from the top of the innings, including a 53-ball 54 against Mpumalanga.

Smit is a player with the ability to progress in the game. He has enjoyed significant success to date and, given his exploits abroad he'd be one hellua signing for the 2018 season. Smit’s father owns a cricket coaching company and he has been heavily involved with junior coaching over the years. Therefore, alongside his playing commitments, he is eager to get fully integrated within coaching for a club next summer.

 

Last Updated

05/09/2017

Statistics

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Jeppe (2015/16) 19 20 3 703 119* 41.35 116.3  381 25 4/21 15.24
Jeppe (2013/14) 12 12 1 163 28 14.82 - - - - -

 

Statistical record last updated 29th September, 2016

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Experience

Team (season)MtsInnsNORunsHSAveOvsRunsWktsBBAvg
Bromley (2017) 16 16 3 847 140 65.15 49 177 16 3/7 11.06
Bromley (2016) 18 18 2 590 105 36.88  82 361 11 4/49 32.82
Linden Park (2015) 17 17 2 868 152 57.87 20 108 9  6/43 12.00
OD CUACO (2014) 18 17 5 1157 167* 96.42 77 311 16 6/71 19.44