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Bromley Overseas - Matt Smit

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Born 29/03/1995
Country South Africa
Player Type Batsman
Player Role LH Top-Order Bat | RA Off-Break
Major Teams Jeppe Quandam CC 1st XI, St Benedict’s College 1st XI, Gauteng U17s

Matthew Smit (20) is a fantastic batting prospect from South Africa who's been the stand-out performer in the Kent League over the past two seasons. He topped the Kent League run charts in 2014, whilst playing for Division 4 side OD CUACO (1,157 runs at 96.42 with 6 centuries), then finished third across the divisions in 2015, but topped the Division 1 charts with 868 runs at 57.87 with another 4 hundreds playing for Linden Park.

During his chart topping maiden summer, Smit struck his runs with a strike rate of 112.7 and boasted a highest score of 167*. He hit an incredible 1,875 runs across all formats for OD CUACO including a total of 9 hundreds and 4 fifties.

On his return, the trend continued, albeit in the much higher standard of Division 1. He scored an incredible 2,418 runs at 71.12 for Linden Park across all formats, including 10 centuries and highest score of 170. In one of his best outings of the season, the South African scored a brilliant 101 against Canterbury, then backed up with figures of 6-43 (10) to bowl Linden Park to a 7-run victory.

During his two seasons in Kent, he has scored 4,293 runs at 76.66 with a remarkable 19 centuries and 16 fifties, all with a strike rate nudging 100. With his under-used off-spin, he has taken 75 wickets at 16.52 with 4 five wicket hauls, an economy of 4.57 and strike rate of 21.73 per wicket. Serious numbers from a serious prospect who seeks a UK return for the 2016 season.

In his native South Africa, Smit has played in the Gauteng Premier League for Jeppe Quandam in Johannesburg’s top flight club competition. He has previously represented his St Benedict’s College 1st XI (2011-13) where he become the highest capped played in the school (85). During his tenure, he broke a raft of school records. He was the first player to (a) score successive centuries (against St Georges and CBC Zimbabwe); (b) score 1,000 runs in a season (1,193 runs); (c) average over 50 in a calendar year (56.80); (d) fastest century and; (e) most centuries in a season.

Smit also represented Gauteng Under-17’s at the CSA Under-17s Cricket Week in December 2012 alongside South African Under-19 stars Keith Dudgeon and Marques Ackerman. He struck several notable scores from the top of the innings, including a 53-ball 54 against Mpumalanga.

Smit is a player with the ability to progress in the game. He has enjoyed significant success to date and, given his exploits abroad he'd be one hellua signing for the 2016 season. Smit’s father owns a cricket coaching company and he has been heavily involved with junior coaching over the years. Therefore, alongside his playing commitments, he is eager to get fully integrated within coaching for a club next summer.

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