Full name William Rew Smith
Born September 28, 1982, Luton, Bedfordshire
Current age 36 years 239 days
Major teams Bedfordshire, British Universities, Durham, Nottinghamshire
Nickname Posh Kid
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Bedford School, Durham University
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Durham at Derby, Apr 5-8, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Leicestershire v Durham at Leicester, Jun 7, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street, Aug 24, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|64||Durham 2nd||v Derby 2nd XI||Derby||13 May 2019||Other|
|52*||Durham 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Leicester||25 Apr 2019||Other OD|
|4, 0/10, 0||Durham||v Derbyshire||Derby||5 Apr 2019||FC|
|179, 15*, 0/21||Durham||v Durham MCCU||Chester-le-Street||26 Mar 2019||FC|
|1, 4||Durham||v Sussex||Chester-le-Street||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|0/3, 45, 8||Durham||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|8, 1/14||Durham||v Sussex||Chester-le-Street||24 Aug 2018||T20|
|2||Durham||v Lancashire||Chester-le-Street||12 Aug 2018||T20|
|6, 1/15||Durham||v Northants||Northampton||10 Aug 2018||T20|
|26, 1/3||Durham||v Leics||Chester-le-Street||8 Aug 2018||T20|
Racing enthusiast Will Smith has been part of four Championship-winning sides - a feat given to only a handful of players during his career - but he has endured a fluctuating career with several years of healthy runscoring mixed in with lean campaigns.
Most of his career has been spent with Durham, whom he captained to the 2009 title but he moved to Hampshire for the 2014 season and enjoyed his best season to date, making 1187 runs at 51.60 in the County Championship as Hampshire won Division Two. 2014 also saw Smith find a role with his offspin in T20 cricket. In a most-unexpected bonus for Hampshire, Smth took 20 wickets to help the county to a fifth-consecutive Finals Day - the sixth-best return in the competition.
It all added up to Smith's finest season but he never regained such heights as he remained at Hampshire until the end of 2017. Once completed, he headed back to the north-east for a second spell at Durham. Times were very different: when he left Durham they were one of the forces in the land; he returned during times of struggle and the exodus of their best players.
Smith's cricketing life began with Nottinghamshire, where he broke into the pennant-winning team towards the end of 2005. A double hernia and shoulder operations knocked him back but he returned in 2006 to score a maiden Championship century against Middlesex but left for Durham at the end of the season.
He scored 925 runs at 51.38 as Durham won their maiden Championship in 2008 and a year later took over the captaincy from Dale Benkenstein and contributed another 700 runs to a second title. But 2010 proved a disaster, Smith played just five games and resigned the captaincy with Phil Mustard taking over. He contemplated retirement but injury to opener Mark Stoneman in the first match of the 2011 season created a vacancy and Smith returned to form with a century against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in late May, his first for more than 18 months. With two more hundreds, Smith's form over the season was on a par with 2008 but he still couldn't break the 1000-run barrier.
A year later and Smith was back in the doldrums with 509 runs in 14 matches but showing significant resolve he came again in 2013 and was ever-present as Durham claimed a third title in five seasons. But it didn't save his career in the north-east and Durham released him with financial worries mounting.
Hampshire offered him a two-year deal and he found a new lease of life on the south coast, playing all but two of the county's matches in 2015, a season in which he was awarded his county cap. Captaincy was back on the bill in 2016 as he stood in with James Vince on England duty and he could also point to a career-best 210 against Lancashire; Hampshire were relegated in an injury-ravaged season only to be reprieved when his old club, Durham, were relegated instead after an ECB bailout. A year later, he moved back to Durham to try to put things right.