Matt Coles

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Matt Coles
Personal information
Full name Matthew Thomas Coles
Born (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 27)
Maidstone, Kent
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–2013 Kent (squad no. 26)
2013 Hampshire (loan) (squad no. 78)
2014–2015 Hampshire
2015– Kent (squad no. 26)
2016/17 Dhaka Dynamites
FC debut 15 April 2009 Kent v Loughborough UCCE
LA debut 9 August 2009 Kent v Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 102 72 73
Runs scored 2,384 525 455
Batting average 20.37 14.18 10.34
100s/50s 1/12 1/1 0/1
Top score 103* 100 54
Balls bowled 15,484 2,907 1,445
Wickets 327 121 73
Bowling average 28.39 22.61 28.87
5 wickets in innings 11 2 0
10 wickets in match 2 n/a n/a
Best bowling 6/51 6/32 4/27
Catches/stumpings 54/– 28/– 25/–
Source: CricInfo, 22 June 2017

Matthew Thomas Coles (born 26 May 1990) is an English professional cricketer. He is a bowling all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed. He plays for Kent County Cricket Club and has represented the England Lions cricket team. Coles played for Hampshire in 2014 and in 2016 joined Bangladesh Premier League side Dhaka Dynamites for part of their season.

Early life and career[edit]

Coles was born in Maidstone in 1990.[1] He attended Maplesden Noakes School and Mid-Kent College in the town and played for Kent age group teams at under-13, under-15 and under-17 levels. He was a member of Kent's cricket academy[2] and first played for Kent's Second XI in 2007 before making his first-class cricket debut for the county in April 2009 against Loughborough UCCE.[1]

Cricketing career[edit]

After making his debut, Coles played one more first-class match in 2009, appearing in Kent's final County Championship match of the season against Gloucestershire in September 2009.[3] He also made four appearances in the Pro 40 tournament for the county during 2009.

Coles became a regular in Kent teams the following season. He reached his maiden first-class century against Yorkshire by hitting a reverse sweep for six in April 2012.[4][5] He was awarded a county cap in August 2012.[6]

During the 2012 season Coles took 59 first-class wickets, and earned a call up to the England Lions squad. He took two wickets on his Lions' debut in May 2012[7] and was included on the Lions' tour of Australia in 2013. He was sent home early from the tour along with Ben Stokes for drinking beyond curfew hours more than once.[7][8][9]

Move to Hampshire, 2013[edit]

Coles turned down a new contract offered by Kent in August 2013[10] and, after initially attracting attention from Derbyshire,[2] signed on loan for Hampshire until the end of the season.[11] In Hampshire's last game of the season against Essex, Coles took match figures of 10/154 and later in the same month signed a 3–year deal.[12][13]

Return to Kent, 2015[edit]

Coles took 41 wickets in 13 County Championship matches for Hampshire in 2014 as well as 27 wickets in one-day competitions. He scored an 18 ball half-century in the T20 Blast but was released by Hampshire in March 2015 after only one year[13] with the club saying that he had not "settled" at the county.[14] He returned to Kent in the same month[14] and took 100 wickets in all formats for Kent in the 2015 season[15] and won the Kent Player of the Year award at the end of the season,[16] and was chosen in the Professional Cricketers' Association Team of 2015 in September 2015.[15] He was nominated as part of a four-man shortlist as the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year.[17] During the season, Coles scored a century against Surrey at The Oval in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter final,[18] took ten wickets in the County Championship match against Leicestershire[19] and took a hat-trick against Nottinghamshire in the One-Day Cup.[20] During the season he signed a long-term contract extension with Kent.[21]

During the 2016 season Coles' behaviour caused him to be investigated by Kent and led to him missing a number of matches during the middle of the season.[22][23][24] He was also suspended for two County Championship matches by the ECB in May after being found to have thrown the ball in a "dangerous manner",[25] although Coles claimed he was returning the ball to the wicket-keeper.[24] He played regularly for Kent when available and performed well enough in the 2016 Royal London One-Day Cup to be selected automatically for the North v South match to be played at the start of the 2017 season in the United Arab Emirates[24] and was also selected in the MCC side for the 2017 Champion County match but withdrew from both matches to rest a toe injury.[26][27][28]

Twenty20 franchise cricket[edit]

During the 2016 English off-season Coles signed for Dhaka Dynamites to play Twenty20 cricket in the 2016–17 Bangladesh Premier League. Coles signed for Dhaka after the tournament had begun in order to develop his T20 skills.[29] He made his debut for the team on 17 November against Chittagong Vikings and went on to play in three matches for Dhaka, scoring 23 runs and taking two wickets.[30][31] The team won the 2016–17 BPL, although Coles did not play in the final. Coles had previously applied to join the BPL draft in advance of the 2015–16 season, but had to withdraw after requiring an operation on an injured foot.[32][33]

Career Best Performances[edit]

as of 11 November 2016

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
First-class cricket 103 not out Kent v Yorkshire Leeds 2012 6/51 Kent v Northamptonshire Northampton 2012
List A cricket 100 Kent Spitfires v Surrey The Oval 2015 6/32 Kent Spitfires v Yorkshire Carnegie Leeds 2012
Twenty 20 54 Hampshire v Essex Eagles Chelmsford 2014 4/27 Kent Spitfires v Hampshire Southampton 2016


  1. ^ a b Matt Coles, CricInfo. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  2. ^ a b Matt Coles: Derbyshire chase Kent all-rounder, BBC Sport, 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  3. ^ First-class matches played by Matt Coles, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  4. ^ Matt Coles stars as Kent pile on runs against Yorkshire, BBC Sport, 2012-04-06.
  5. ^ Gibson R (2012) Matt Coles century takes Kent past 500 against Yorkshire, The Guardian, 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  6. ^ Coles and Northeast honoured with county caps in Canterbury Week presentation, Kent County Cricket Club, 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  7. ^ a b Kent back Matt Coles to regain England Lions place, BBC Sport, 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  8. ^ Pringle D (2013) England Lions pair Matt Coles and Ben Stokes sent home from Australia tour for persistent late night drinking, Daily Telegraph, 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  9. ^ England pair Matt Coles and Ben Stokes sent home from Australia, BBC Sport, 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  10. ^ Matt Coles: Kent all-rounder turns down new contract, BBC Sport, 2013-08-22.
  11. ^ Hampshire sign Kent all-rounder on loan, BBC Sport, 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  12. ^ Hampshire sign Kent all-rounder on three-year deal, BBC Sport, 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  13. ^ a b Matt Coles: Unsettled all-rounder released by Hampshire, BBC Sport, 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  14. ^ a b Matt Coles: Kent re-sign all-rounder after Hampshire exit, BBC Sport, 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  15. ^ a b Northeast and Coles in PCA Team of 2015, Kent County Cricket Club, 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  16. ^ Matt Coles wins Spitfire Kent Player of the Year 2015, Kent County Cricket Club, 2015-09-22. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  17. ^ Ashes winner Barstow among PCA nominees, The Cricketer, 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  18. ^ Coles gives Surrey fright after Roy's hundred, ESPNcricinfo, 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  19. ^ Coles completes 10-for in Kent breeze, ESPNcricinfo, 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  20. ^ One-Day Cup: Matt Coles' hat-trick sees Kent beat Notts, BBC sport website, 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  21. ^ Harvey R (2015) All-rounder Matt Coles signs a long-term contract extension with Kent, Kent Online, 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  22. ^ Coles' behaviour investigated by Kent, CricInfo, 2016-06-27, Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  23. ^ Kent fast bowler Matt Coles missing from squad due to an on-going employer/employee matter, Kent Online, 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  24. ^ a b c Computer says yes as Coles is named for North-South fixtures, CricInfo, 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  25. ^ Kent paceman Matt Coles suspended for throwing ball in 'dangerous manner', BBC Sport, 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  26. ^ Sam Northeast and Matt Coles in MCC Champion County team, Kent County Cricket Club, 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  27. ^ Haseeb and Duckett named in MCC squad, CricInfo, 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  28. ^ Coles to miss North v South and MCC matches, Kent County Cricket Club, 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  29. ^ Pyman S (2016)Matt Coles joins Bangladesh Premier League outfit Dhaka Dynamites, Kent News, 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  30. ^ Batting and fielding for Dhaka Dynamites – Bangladesh Premier League 2016/17, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  31. ^ Bowling for Dhaka Dynamites – Bangladesh Premier League 2016/17, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  32. ^ Thomas J (2015) Stevens signed for BPL, Kent Sports News, 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  33. ^ Hoad A (2015) Kent Cricket all-rounder Matt Coles says a winter not playing because of a foot injury may benefit him long term, Kent Online, 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2015-11-17.

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