Death of promising young cricketer is ‘unexplained’

Matthew Hobden SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-094034001
Matthew Hobden SCCC 2015-16 Sussex County Cricket Club. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150413-094034001

The death of a promising young cricketer is being treated as ‘unexplained’ by police.

The body of 22-year-old Matt Hobden was discovered by Police Scotland officers at a property in Forres, near Inverness, on Saturday (January 2).

Officers are investigating the death but said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm officers were called to the death of a 22-year-old male in the Forres area on January 2. The death of the man, who is believed to be from Sussex, is being treated as unexplained.

“Inquiries are at an early stage but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal, as is the usual standard.”

Hobden was born in Eastbourne, studied at Newlands School in Seaford and was an integral part of Glynde and Beddingham’s senior cricket squad. Aged 16, he helped the team reach the National Village Cricket Knockout Final at Lord’s in 2009. He also played for Lewes Rugby Club.

A club statement read: “Lewes RFC would like to offer its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Matt Hobden. Matt played for one of Lewes rugby’s most successful junior age groups until he was an under 16. His family is still closely connected to Lewes RFC. Our are with Matt’s parents, two brothers and family. He was a superb sportsman with a glittering career ahead of him. This is a tragic loss.”

See Friday’s Sussex Express for more tributes.

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