Will Smith (cricketer)

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Will Smith
Personal information
Full name William Rew Smith
Born (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 35)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999–2002 Bedfordshire
2002–2006 Nottinghamshire
2006–2013 Durham (squad no. 2)
2013–2017 Hampshire (squad no. 2)
2018–present Durham
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 172 110 105
Runs scored 8,986 2,516 1,006
Batting average 33.15 29.25 16.22
100s/50s 17/35 2/20 0/3
Top score 210 120* 55
Balls bowled 2,377 443 899
Wickets 28 12 42
Bowling average 49.78 35.58 25.83
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/34 2/19 3/15
Catches/stumpings 109/– 37/– 44/–
Source: Cricinfo, 28 September 2017

William Rew Smith (born 28 September 1982 in Luton) is an English first-class cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-spin bowler. He currently plays for Durham County Cricket Club.

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 County Cricket Club, 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 Shiv Chanderpaul and Steven Harmison.

Smith was appointed as the new captain of Durham on 14 November 2008, succeeding Dale Benkenstein.[1]

Durham County Cricket Club 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smith confirmed as Durham captain". Cricinfo. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 

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