Buckhurst Hill has pulled off a massive coup with the signing of Australian ODI spinner Matthew Kuhnemann for their 2023 Essex Cricket League campaign.

Kuhnemann is a left-arm spinner whose exploits for both Queensland and Brisbane Heat in recent years culminated with his Australian ODI debut against Sri Lanka in June 2022.

He impressed in foreign conditions, initially for the ‘A’ side, then in his 4 one-dayers against Sri Lanka to include three 2-wicket hauls.

A former Australian Under-19 player, he made his List A debut for a Cricket Australia XI in the 2017/18 JLT One-Day Cup (Oct 2017) having previously been on a Queensland Bulls Rookie Contract (2016/17-17/18). The following summer he was picked up by Brisbane Heat for the Big Bash League.

After yet another dominant Grade season for his beloved Gold Coast Dolphins, he was finally rewarded with a first-class debut for Queensland during their 2020/21 Sheffield Shield campaign.

Roll on October 2021, and he would take his maiden 10-wicket match haul, with figures of 5-60 and 5-107 against Tasmania to throw his name into Ashes contention. Whilst he was not picked, many followers believed Kuhnemann was always destined for international cricket.

Whilst known for his left-arm spin, he is a handy batter who has been a steady run-maker for the Dolphins in Grade cricket, averaging 39 (2017/18), 20.60 (2020/21) in recent years.

The tweaker, who played for Bishops’ Stortford back in 2016, where he finished second on the Hertfordshire Premier League wicket charts (36 wickets at 15.56), is now set to return to the UK next summer having signed with Buckhurst Hill for their 2023 Essex League campaign.