|Full name||Mattheus Hendrik Wessels|
12 November 1985 |
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Relations||Kepler Wessels (father)|
|Domestic team information|
|2004–2009||Northamptonshire (squad no. 6)|
|2009–2012||Mid West Rhinos|
|2011–present||Nottinghamshire (squad no. 9)|
|First-class debut||13 July 2004 MCC v West Indians|
|List A debut||3 May 2005 Northamptonshire v Denmark|
|Source: , 7 June 2016|
Mattheus Hendrik "Riki" Wessels (born 12 November 1985 in Queensland, Australia) is an English cricketer. A right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, Wessels has played for Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, and also for the Mid West Rhinos in Zimbabwe and the Sydney Sixers in Australia. He is the son of former South African captain Kepler Wessels, who also played 24 Test matches for Australia.
Wessels was born in Queensland, Australia, where his father was playing domestic cricket at the time. After Kepler decided to return to South Africa, Riki grew up in Port Elizabeth. Cricket was not an automatic choice for him, as he was also a keen hockey player, but at 18 he made the decision to pursue a cricket career in England.
In 2004, Riki joined the staff at Northamptonshire county cricket club where he impressed in the second eleven producing several noticeable scores. This led to him being selected for the MCC in 2004 and in the first team of Nottinghamshire for the start of the 2011 season. In 2004, he established himself as a first class player, and scored his first century at the age of 19 against Somerset. In 2007, he became qualified to play for England which is what he has wanted to do from an early age. Being a keen Hockey player (playing for Northampton Lions and the University of Northampton teams) helps him to play a variety of shots including the Reverse sweep for which he is well known. He is a fairly attacking player especially in one day cricket, where he has one century to date. On 7 November 2008, Wessels signed a new contract extension along with fellow Northamptonshire wicket keeper Niall O'Brien, keeping Riki at the club until 2010.
He also turned out for Nondescripts Cricket Club in Sri Lanka during the English off Season between 2008 and 2010.
Riki signed for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for the 2011 season, where he plies his trade as a specialist batsman.
- Kepler Wessels Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- Clive Ellis Wessels son shines The Telegraph. 2005-05-28. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- University of Northampton notable players Wikidoc. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- Northants tie up wicketkeepers ECB Website. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
- http://www.sydneysixers.com.au/team/player-profiles/riki-wessels. Missing or empty
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