Tom Smith (cricketer born 1987)

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Tom Smith
Personal information
Full name Thomas Michael John Smith
Born (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 27)
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2009 Sussex
2009 Surrey
2010–2013 Middlesex
2013 (on loan) Gloucestershire
2014– Gloucestershire (squad no. 6)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 22 40 52
Runs scored 430 199 166
Batting average 16.53 16.58 23.71
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 0/0
Top score 50 65 36*
Balls bowled 2,952 1,371 983
Wickets 29 31 49
Bowling average 58.31 41.22 24.34
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/91 3/26 5/24
Catches/stumpings 6/– 18/– 19/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 October 2013

Thomas Michael John Smith (born 29 August 1987, Eastbourne, England) is an English cricketer who plays for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Career[edit]

He is a right-handed batsman and a left-arm spinner, whose professional career started at Sussex in 2006, where he played eight List A matches,[1] two Twenty20 matches[2] and two first-class matches[3] with modest success. However, further opportunities were limited due to the club possessing other spin options such as Mushtaq Ahmed, Ollie Rayner, Will Beer, Piyush Chawla, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Mike Yardy, and he was loaned to Surrey in 2009,[4] where he made two Pro 40 appearances,[5] helping them to a four-wicket win v Leicestershire by scoring 65 off 61 balls.

By the middle of the 2009 season, it had appeared likely Smith's future lay away from Sussex, and after Middlesex managing director of Cricket Angus Fraser watched him turn out for,[6] he signed in October for the London-based club on a contract until 2012.[7] In the same month, he was named in an England performance squad.[8] In his first season, he was restricted to four County Championship appearances by Shaun Udal's presence, but featured extensively in the two limited-overs competitions, and won the Man of the Match award for taking 5–24 v Kent at Lord's.[9] It was a similar story in 2011 – when the club signed his former team-mate Rayner on loan from Sussex in a deal which later become permanent and gave a short-term contract to Jamie Dalrymple – and 2012, as he played four Championship matches in that time but continued playing the majority of the limited-overs matches.

Smith signed a one-year contract with Middlesex for 2013,[10] and things started brightly after he was included in the team for two Championship and three Yorkshire Bank 40 matches before the end of May. However, with Rayner making himself difficult to dislodge thanks to his batting and fielding ability and improving bowling performances, and Ravi Patel emerging, Smith was loaned to Gloucestershire in a deal that was ultimately extended until the end of the season.[11] Highlights of his time there have included a YB40 hat-trick,[12] a maiden first-class four-for[13] and a maiden first-class 50[14] On 24 September 2013, as the 2013 season was finishing, Smith signed a three-year deal to take him up to the end of the 2016 season.[15]

Career best performances[edit]

as of 1 October 2013

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
FC 50 Gloucestershire v Leicestershire Bristol 2013 4–91 Gloucestershire v Worcestershire Cheltenham 2013
LA 65 Surrey Brown Caps v Leicestershire Foxes Leicester 2009 3–26 Middlesex Panthers v Derbyshire Phantoms Lord's 2010
T20 36* Middlesex Panthers v Gloucestershire Gladiators Uxbridge 2011 5–24 Middlesex Panthers v Kent Spitfires Lord's 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cricket Archive Player Oracle". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cricket Archive Player Oracle". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cricket Archive Player Oracle". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sussex's Smith makes Surrey move". BBC. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cricket Archive Player Oracle". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Bruce. "Smith heads to Middlesex". '’The Argus'’. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Middlesex confirm the signing of Tom Smith from Sussex". Middlesex CCC Official Site. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Carberry and Moore named in Performance Squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Middlesex v Kent". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Denly, Smith, Patel & Gubbins sign new contracts". Middlesex CCC. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chris Dent: Gloucestershire batsman signs new contract". BBC. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Gloucestershire v Somerset". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Gloucestershire v Worcestershire". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Gloucestershire v Leicestershire". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Spinner Tom Smith signs long-term Gloucestershire deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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