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Full name Samuel William Billings
Born June 15, 1991, Pembury, Kent
Current age 23 years 196 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Kent, Kent 2nd XI, Loughborough MCCU
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Loughborough MCCU v Northamptonshire at Loughborough, Apr 2-4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Netherlands v Kent at Rotterdam, Jul 17, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Kent at Birmingham, Sep 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff, Jun 11, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Surrey at Canterbury, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1c/0s, 73, 1c/0s, 8||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|92, 2c/1s, 0c/0s||Kent||v Hampshire||Southampton||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|51, 2c/0s, 0, 0c/0s||Kent||v Essex||Chelmsford||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|40*, 0c/0s||Kent||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||4 Sep 2014||LA|
|2c/0s, 77, 0/4||Kent||v Glamorgan||Canterbury||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|61, 1c/0s||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||29 Aug 2014||LA|
|3c/0s, 3||Kent||v NZ A||Canterbury||27 Aug 2014||LA|
|20, 0c/1s||Kent||v Middlesex||Canterbury||20 Aug 2014||LA|
|6c/0s, 3, 0c/1s, 25||Kent||v Hampshire||Canterbury||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|51*, 0c/1s||Kent||v Sussex||Canterbury||13 Aug 2014||LA|
Sam Billings' growing reputation was illustrated when he called into England's 30-man provisional squad for the 2015 World Cup when Craig Kieswetter withdraw with eye problems. That Billings had become a player to be reckoned with was apparent from the moment he blitzed an unbeaten 135 from 58 balls against Somerset in a 50-over tie at Canterbury. Marcus Trescothick, Somerset's former England captain, identified Billings as a potential rival for Jos Buttler, quite an accolade considering Buttler's Somerset roots, and said: "Billings absolutely annihilated us.".
Billings, 23, replaced the former England gloveman Geraint Jones behind the stumps at the start of Kent's 2014 Championship season and emphasised his 50-over potential in the Royal London One-Day Cup, becoming the leading run-scorer in the competition, Only his T20 performances disappointed.
An innings of 143 off 113 balls against Derbyshire at Canterbury - the highest one-day total by a Kent batsman at the St Lawrence Ground - was the highlight of a promising 2012 season. Billings had also scored a century, for Loughborough MCCU, on his first-class debut, against Northants in 2011. Having been the county's leading run-maker in T20 as well as CB40 in 2012, he went on an ECB scholarship to Australia over the winter of 2012-13.
His development stalled somewhat in 2013, however, and he had limited opportunities in four day cricket. Nevertheless, he scored freely in the T20 competition, and his burgeoning expertise behind the stumps gave an appealing extra dimension to his game.
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