Full name Matthew Thomas Coles
Born May 26, 1990, Maidstone, Kent
Current age 25 years 365 days
Major teams England Lions, Kent, Kent 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class debut||Kent v Loughborough UCCE at Canterbury, Apr 15-17, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Kent at Derby, May 22-25, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Aug 9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Aug 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Somerset at Canterbury, May 20, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5/116, 41, 2/34||Kent||v Derbyshire||Derby||22 May 2016||FC|
|1/41||Kent||v Somerset||Canterbury||20 May 2016||T20|
|3/26, 29, 3/80||Kent||v Glamorgan||Canterbury||1 May 2016||FC|
|1, 3/95||Kent||v Leics||Leicester||24 Apr 2016||FC|
|60, 3/75||Kent||v Lbroug MCCU||Canterbury||5 Apr 2016||FC|
|1/49||Kent||v Essex||Canterbury||23 Mar 2016||Other|
|-||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||14 Sep 2015||FC|
|0, 2/47, 4/76||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||9 Sep 2015||FC|
|3*, 3/75, 1/67||Kent||v Lancashire||Canterbury||1 Sep 2015||FC|
|3/48, 100||Kent||v Surrey||The Oval||27 Aug 2015||LA|
Matt Coles is a powerfully-built allrounder who moved from his home county of Kent to Hampshire to move his career forward and then, only one year into a three-year deal, promptly moved back again. An aggressive bustling seamer he took 41 wickets at 28.41 in 2014 as Hampshire gained promotion but he struggled to settle away from friends and family in his home town of Maidstone and conceded a chance to impress back in Division One of the County Championship and perhaps attract the England selectors once more.
His 67 wickets at 23.49 in Division Two spoke of a cricketer happy in his work again and he also summoned one of the most defiant, big-hitting innings of the season as Kent went down to Surrey in the Royal London Cup quarter-final at The Oval. Kent were 101 for 7, their target of 274 an irrelevance, but Coles' struck 100 from 43 balls - his first List A ton - to leave them 18 runs short. "It's so frustrating - I only needed three more hits," he said.
Kent's task, upon his return, was to provide a settled atmosphere that would help him rediscover his pleasure in a cricketing career which had suffered from blotting his copybook on an England Lions tour of Australia. Coles was picked for the Lions tour of Australia at the start of 2013 after making great strides the previous season - a summer in which he made a maiden Championship century against Yorkshire at Headingley, reaching the landmark with a reverse sweep for six against Adil Rashid, and also took 52 wickets at 22.03. But his chance with the Lions proved a disaster; after playing three of the first four matches of the tour, Coles was sent home for a second breach of discipline along with Ben Stokes, too many late, boozy nights being the prime issue. Within a year, Stokes had a maiden Test hundred - an Ashes hundred, too - to his name, but Coles found no easy rewards.
Initially, he returned to Kent but with his England ambitions still high he refused to sign a new contract for a county labouring in Division Two and went on loan to Hampshire towards the end of the season. His 21 wickets at 24 in five matches, including a career-best 10 for 154 in the final match of the season against Essex, was enough to earn him a three-year deal. A year later he played a solid hand in helping Hampshire return to Division One, but the lure of Kent proved too much and he returned home once more.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2011