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Squad Number - 11
Player Sponsor - Churchgate Auctions http://www.churchgateauctions.co.uk/
Born - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, August 13, 1985
Joined - Leicestershire 2005
Role - Left Handed Batsman
Teams Represented - Leicestershire
Honours - Daily Mail Cup winner while at Twickenham playing rugby for Oakham School, FL t20 title with Leicestershire
Highlight of Career - First-class debut and one-day debut. Scoring a double century and playing for England Development Squad against Bangladesh in 2004
Players Admired - Justin Langer, Graham Thorpe, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Nixon
Relaxations - Relaxing in general!
A calm and unflustered left-handed batsman, Matthew Boyce received his county cap in 2013. He was Leicestershire’s third leading first-class run scorer in 2013.
Boyce, who started his career as an opener but now bats in Leicestershire’s middle order, scored 677 runs at an average of 30.77. He made a career best 135 against Kent in the second LV=CC game of the season.
Boyce then took part in the Big Bike Ride for the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund at the end of the season.
It was a second big effort for charity after his efforts last winter. On that occasion, Boyce completed an epic journey as he walked from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money and awareness for mental health charity MIND and the PCA Benevolent Fund.
The 28-year-old moved beyond 5,000 runs in all competitions for Leicestershire during the 2012 campaign. Boyce registered the impressive landmark during the LV=CC game against Essex at Chelmsford and the batsman also went past the 50 match appearance mark in List A cricket.
Boyce enjoyed a profitable 2012, including playing some fine t20 innings. A breathtaking 63* from 38 balls at Lancashire was his best knock in the competition to date.
His good season in 2012 built on a solid 2011. The batsman scored two centuries that year and posted 815 first-class runs. Boyce was rarely called on to bat during the t20 winning campaign but he hit the winning runs in the one opportunity received against Kent and saved plenty of runs with some razor-sharp fielding.
Boyce has an excellent attitude towards the game and two particular games demonstrate that. Rather than being disappointed at being left out on two occasions at Edgbaston, Boyce made telling contributions as a substitute fielder.
The Cheltenham-born batsman took four catches off Josh Cobb’s bowling after replacing the injured Will Jefferson in the t20 final against Somerset in 2011. In the previous season, he came on and initiated three run outs during an important t20 win against Warwickshire Bears.
Boyce’s most memorable knock that season was a score of 86 not out against Derbyshire as he and Greg Smith knocked off a target of 169 without loss.
Boyce was handed his first team debut in 2006 and the 2008 season was his first full year at the Club after completing his undergraduate degree in Management and Economics at Nottingham University.
He started in style; Boyce made back-to-back half centuries in the first game against Middlesex and registered his maiden first-class ton at Edgbaston in the next match. He went onto become the third highest run-scorer in the Championship behind HD Ackerman and Paul Nixon.
Boyce's career record at Leicestershire:
Matthew Boyce 2013 (33.14 kB)