Matthew Jeffery Horne (born 5 December 1970) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played in 35 Test matches and 50 One Day Internationals from 1997 to 2003. Horne was an attacking right-handed opening batsman who possessed an unusually high backlift.

Matt Horne
Personal information
Full name
Matthew Jeffery Horne
Born5 December 1970 (1970-12-05) (age 53)
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 201)14 February 1997 v England
Last Test3 May 2003 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 99)25 March 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI27 April 2002 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 35 50 128 138
Runs scored 1,788 980 8,501 3,193
Batting average 28.38 20.41 40.87 23.82
100s/50s 4/5 0/5 24/33 2/18
Top score 157 74 241 114
Balls bowled 66 0 1,177 884
Wickets 0 7 18
Bowling average 75.85 37.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/58 3/17
Catches/stumpings 17/– 12/– 79/– 34/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Men's Cricket
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Kuala Lumpur List-A cricket

Early life and family


Horne was born in Takapuna on 5 December 1970,[1] the son of Noelene Rae Horne (née Swinton), who represented New Zealand in the high jump, and Valentine Arthur Horne.[2][3] His older brother Phil also played international cricket for New Zealand.[4]

Domestic career


In the 1995–96 Shell Trophy final he made 190 to hand Auckland the championship. The following season he moved to Otago and after a prolific season he was welcomed into the New Zealand side.

During the 2003–04 he and Aaron Barnes added a record 347* for the fifth wicket against Northern Districts at Eden Park.

International career


He made his Test debut in February 1997 and made his maiden Test hundred soon after, against Australia at Hobart in summer of 1997–98. He made 3 more hundreds in his international career, two against Zimbabwe and a vital one at Lord's in 1999 to help give them a rare away series win. After nine Tests without a half century he lost his place in the side and only played occasionally from there on in.

Horne, along with Nathan Astle, currently holds the record for a 4th wicket partnership for New Zealand totalling 243 runs against Zimbabwe in Auckland during the 1997–1998 season.

After cricket


He retired from all forms of competitive cricket in May 2006. He is currently a high performance coach with Auckland cricket.[5]


  1. ^ Matt Horne at ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ "Swinton Family Society". Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Noelene Swinton". New Zealand Olympic Committee.
  4. ^ Phil Horne at ESPNcricinfo
  5. ^ "Auckland Cricket". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2012.