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Sussex player Matthew Hobden dies aged 22

Sussex player Matthew Hobden dies aged 22
By PA Sport

02/01/2016 at 21:56Updated 02/01/2016 at 22:08

Sussex have announced the death of fast bowler Matthew Hobden.

Hobden was 22. He studied in Cardiff before turning his focus to a cricket career, playing frequent first-class and limited-overs matches for Sussex over the past two seasons.

Sussex said in a statement: " Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden.

"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.

"Sussex would like to offer their deepest condolences to Matthew's family and friends at this difficult time.

"Players and staff will be offered as much support as is possible and we would like both Matthew's family, and everyone connected with Sussex Cricket, to be respected with privacy at this time."