A student of the famous Oakham School, Matthew Boyce made his maiden first-class appearance for Leicestershire against the Pakistanis in 2006. His first full season was in the year 2008, wherein he impressed with two back-to-back fifties and later, a maiden first-class hundred.
A left-handed opening batsman, “Boycey” has been an ever-present in his county's top order in Championship cricket. Some very fine knocks came in the 2010 season, including an unbeaten 86 against Derbyshire. Further, he also captained the side in the absence of Matthew Hoggard in the one-day format. Boyce is an exceptional fielder in the slips as well as the outfield, and he once won the Man of the Match award for initiating three brilliant run-outs as a substitute.
In 2011, he was one of the most significant contributors to Leicestershire's win over Somerset in their domestic Twenty20 final, taking four important catches at the mid-wicket boundary, that too as a substitute. Boyce is a young prospect, a talent waiting to explode on England's cricketing circuit.