Date of birth – 26 May 1996 Lincoln
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 14 June 2015 v Somerset (Taunton)
Matthew Carter has had to be patient over the last couple of seasons, with his opportunities at first team level being restricted to the occasional outing on a turning track.
The tall, right-arm off-spinner had an astonishing debut appearance in 2015, by taking seven of the final eight Somerset first innings wickets to fall, finishing with figures of 16-2-56-7.
These were the best figures by a spin bowler on his first appearance since Leicestershire’s Jack Walsh took seven for 46 against Northants in 1938.
Second time around, it wasn’t quite as easy for the former Lincolnshire Minor Counties’ player as Somerset chased down an improbable victory target of 401 but his analysis of 33.4-4-139-3 nevertheless meant a 10-wicket haul on debut.
Green-tinged pitches and the continued presence of Samit Patel in the first team ranks have restricted Carter’s opportunities since then but his number of opportunities continues to rise across all three formats.
In 2018 however, he burst his way onto the white-ball scene, debuting on Family Fun Day against Warwickshire with figures of 4-40, in front of a then record domestic crowd at Trent Bridge.
Despite the Outlaws’ indifferent form in white ball cricket last year, he went on to take 13 wickets at just 15.71 in the Royal London One-Day Cup, whilst also making his T20 debut in the same summer.
A measure of the respect he has within the game came when he was selected to tour India with the England Lions this past winter, another stepping stone towards what many believe will be a long and successful career.
The younger brother of former county seamer Andy Carter, the Lincoln-born bowler will be hoping that Nottinghamshire’s quest for honours in 2019 coincides with him receiving even more first team outings.