Full name Mitchell Eric Claydon
Born November 25, 1982, Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
Current age 37 years 254 days
Major teams Canterbury, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Kent, Kent 2nd XI, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Playing role Bowler
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||Sussex v Hampshire at Hove, Aug 1-3, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Apr 23, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, May 7, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Essex v Kent at Chelmsford, Aug 30, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3, 3/31, 16, 0/31||Sussex||v Hampshire||Hove||1 Aug 2020||FC|
|10*||Kent||v Hampshire||Canterbury||23 Sep 2019||FC|
|0/34, 0/26||Kent||v Yorkshire||Leeds||16 Sep 2019||FC|
|1/37, 1||Kent||v Essex||Chelmsford||30 Aug 2019||T20|
|0/45, 0*||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||29 Aug 2019||T20|
|9, 1/20, 4*, 3/21||Kent||v Essex||Canterbury||18 Aug 2019||FC|
|0/32, 4*||Kent||v Somerset||Taunton||10 Aug 2019||T20|
|0/20||Kent||v Gloucs||Bristol||7 Aug 2019||T20|
|13*, 0/29||Kent 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Taunton||29 Jul 2019||Other T20|
|11*, 1/19||Kent 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||11 Jul 2019||Other T20|
Mitch Claydon, a burly seam bowler, has been a mainstay for Kent since he joined Kent on loan from Durham midway through the 2013 season, a move soon made permanent. He has rarely run through an opposition - his 5 for 42 against Worcestershire in 2016 represents his best for the county - but he has been a reliable figure in a county not short of budding seam bowlers struggling to make the grade. Claydon rarely grabs the headlines, but his economy in the later stages of a T20 innings has also been an important factor in Kent's side.
An Australian-born quick bowler, Claydon took advantage of his British passport to sign for Yorkshire in 2005. Darren Lehmann, then at Yorkshire, was an early influence, but Claydon 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 a loan spell 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 was recalled by Durham in September for their final game and his career-best 6 for 104 helped them secure the County Championship, but had already signed a contract for a permanent transfer to Kent.
He has signalled that he wishes to return to coaching in New South Wales once he retires.