Where are they now? Matt Wood

Matt Wood

Matt Wood will be fondly remembered by Somerset supporters as a stylish top order right handed batsman who played a major part in helping the county win the T20 Cup in 2005.

Matt began his cricketing career playing for his local club Exmouth. He graduated through the Devon age groups and in 1998 made his debut for his home county in the Minor County Championships.

The previous season Matt, who turned 35 in September 2015, played one Second XI Championship match for Somerset. However from 1998 he started to appear regularly for the Seconds and in 2001 Matt made his full Somerset debut.

In his first season he played in seven first class games in which he scored over 500 runs, at an average of 44.08 including his maiden century for Somerset against Northants at Taunton.

The following season Matt played 15 first class games and missed out on 1000 runs by just 29, and notched up three centuries including a best of 196.

Matt’s most successful season by far was in 2005 when he scored 1058 first class runs, the only time he reached that landmark and compiled his best score of 297 against Yorkshire at Taunton, getting out when being caught on the boundary trying to bring up his triple century in style.

In 2005 Matt also played a vital part in helping Somerset to win the T20 Cup.

That season Matt played in all 11 of the T20 fixtures and was the regular opening partner for South African test batsman Graeme Smith. The Devon boy scored 366 runs in that campaign, at an average of 33.27 which included a best of 94 against Worcestershire at Taunton and two other half centuries.

Matt also played in the Somerset side that beat the Australians in a 50 over game on that never to be forgotten June 15th day in front of a packed County Ground.

The Devonian was made vice captain to Ian Blackwell for the 2006 season but sadly he never recaptured that sparking season and in 2008 he joined Nottinghamshire where he played for two further seasons.

Matt continued to play Minor County Cricket for Devon until 2012 and he now works as the Player Pathway Development Officer for Nottinghamshire and is based at Trent Bridge.

Between 2001 and 2007 Matt played in 75 first class games for Somerset in which he scored 4340 runs at an average of 35.00 with nine centuries and a best of 297.

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