Will Smith (cricketer)

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Will Smith
Personal information
Full name William Rew Smith
Born (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 31)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
2013–present Hampshire
2006–2013 Durham (squad no. 2)
2002–2006 Nottinghamshire
1999–2002 Bedfordshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 99 79 59
Runs scored 5,026 1,617 653
Batting average 32.42 24.87 18.13
100s/50s 12/17 1/12 0/3
Top score 201* 103 55
Balls bowled 797 95 95
Wickets 9 4 1
Bowling average 65.55 24.00 132.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/34 1/6 3/17
Catches/stumpings 40/– 30/– 35/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 June 2012

William Rew Smith (born 28 September 1982 in Luton) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-spin bowler. He currently plays for Hampshire County Cricket Club after signing on a two-year deal on 30th September 2013.[1]

Smith originally played for Harrold CC and Bedford School (where he captained England opening batsman Alastair Cook). He played minor county cricket for Bedfordshire as a schoolboy, until he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2002. Primarily an opening batsman, at times Smith has been played slightly further down the order, especially during the Twenty20 cup. Smith is an exciting fielder and has taken some great catches (Twenty 20 Cup Finals day vs Surrey) and has fielded as 12th Man for the full England side whilst at Trent Bridge.

Though having played three times during Nottinghamshire's 2005 title-winning season, he was unable to establish himself within the Championship team, and subsequently joined Durham CCC, thus returning to his University town: Smith is a graduate of Durham University, where he successfully captained Durham UCCE and gained a 2:1 (Hons) in Biochemistry.

During the course of the 2008 season, Smith has established himself in the Durham championship side, primarily batting at No 3, and recently recorded his maiden 1st class double-hundred (201 not out) against Surrey, sending Durham to the top of the County Champion Division 1 as a result. Durham went on to win the County Championship for the first time in their history, and Smith's runs saw him named 2008 Player of the Year ahead of more recognisable names such as Chiv Chanderpaul and Steve Harmision.

Smith was appointed as the new captain of Durham on 14 November 2008, succeeding Dale Benkenstein.[2]

Durham CCC continued their success in 2009, with Smith leading them to a successful defence of their County Championship Title in his first year in charge.

Away from the playing side, Smith is a keen journalist and writes for All-Out Cricket as well as ad-hoc commentary for Sky and the BBC, he also enjoys watching Football and supports non league side Rushden & Diamonds.

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