Full name Mitchell Eric Claydon
Born November 25, 1982, Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
Current age 33 years 215 days
Major teams Canterbury, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Kent, Kent 2nd XI, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Westfield Sports High School, Sydney
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Bangladesh A at Leeds, Aug 3-5, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff, Jun 19-22, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Apr 23, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Kent at Chelmsford, Jun 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Jun 24, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/40, 2*||Kent||v Middlesex||Canterbury||24 Jun 2016||T20|
|5/106, 0, 3/50||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||19 Jun 2016||FC|
|2/27, 0||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||17 Jun 2016||T20|
|8*, 0/58||Kent||v Essex||Chelmsford||15 Jun 2016||LA|
|0/11||Kent||v Somerset||Canterbury||14 Jun 2016||LA|
|0/76||Kent||v Glamorgan||Canterbury||12 Jun 2016||LA|
|1*, 3/25||Kent||v Sussex||Hove||10 Jun 2016||T20|
|1/121, 0||Kent||v Derbyshire||Derby||22 May 2016||FC|
|1/35||Kent||v Somerset||Canterbury||20 May 2016||T20|
|16, 2/79||Kent||v Northants||Northampton||15 May 2016||FC|
Mitch Claydon, a burly seam bowler, joined Kent on loan from Durham midway through the 2013 season and immediately made an impact with the ball. He was recalled by Durham in September for their final game to help them secure the County Championship, but had already signed a contract for a permanent transfer to Kent. During his short, temporary spell with the county he excelled particularly in T20 cricket, taking five wickets against the touring New Zealanders and thirteen more in the county competition.
An Australian-born quick bowler, Claydon took advantage of his British passport to sign for Yorkshire in 2005. He made just two first-class appearances in two seasons for the White Rose and was released at the end of 2006 after a stress fracture of the back had kept him out of action for much of the season.
Durham took a gamble on him in 2007 and although he initially made little impact he remained on their books. By 2009 he had progressed far enough to become a first XI regular, and contributed 22 wickets to Durham's Championship-winning campaign, while also playing plenty of limited-overs cricket.
Thereafter Claydon's opportunities were limited at a county rich in seam bowling talent, but Kent were sufficiently impressed by his form in 2013 to pin hopes on him for 2014. He turned in a decent stint - more than 500 Championship overs - to help offset Kent's meagre pace bowling resources.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane