Home grown batsman Matt Hughes has been announced as the Oxford University captain for the 2017 season.
Matt is in the final year of his Chemistry degree and, like the last few years, will return to Church Lane once his studies are over. Matt says “It is a massive honour for me to captain Oxford University. We play fixtures against first class counties and our match at Lord’s against Cambridge University is officially a first class fixture. It will be a great opportunity to gain some captaincy experience and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can in the role”.
Matt is very modest as his record in his first two Varsity matches at Lord’s is exceptional having scored a century in each match. This gives him a first class batting average of 87.25 and a top score of 116.
At 16 years old Matt found himself opening the batting for Bramhall 1st XI and he has never looked back. In 2012 he scored a remarkable 138 against Bredbury St Marks in a tied match, which for many people, is still the best innings by any Bramhall player. His importance to the team has been demonstrated in recent seasons when returning from University to score vital runs to keep our Premier League status.
Although not always facing the new ball these days he has scored vital runs in the middle order. Not least in the club T20 Area Final v Norden last summer where he cracked a splendid half century and then followed that up with a sparkling 108 at Timperley in the league 6 days later.
“I am a Bramhall player through and through and I always look forward to coming back from Oxford and playing at Church Lane. Having been part of the club for so long it still excites me to join up with the lads and be part of what I believe is a special dressing room.”
Does he think he has what it takes to be a Bramhall captain one day? “Who knows!” Matt says. “This summer will be a steep learning curve for me as skipper at Oxford. I have been lucky to play under Nick Cantello for a long time. He is an excellent leader and if I am lucky enough to lead Bramhall one day then that would be a huge honour”.