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Full name Benjamin Francis Smith
Born April 3, 1972, Corby, Northamptonshire
Current age 42 years 167 days
Major teams Central Districts, Leicestershire, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 5 ft 9 in
Education Kibworth High School
|Last First-class||Worcestershire v Leicestershire at Worcester, Jun 28-30, 2010 scorecard|
|List A debut||1990|
|Last List A||Somerset v Worcestershire at Bath, May 23, 2010 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Worcestershire v Northamptonshire at Worcester, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Worcestershire at Northampton, Jun 28, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|133*||Worcs 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Barnt Green||13 Jul 2010||Other|
|135*||Worcs 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Birmingham||12 Jul 2010||Other OD|
|0, 0/3, 0||Worcs 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Belper||7 Jul 2010||Other|
|78||Worcs 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Leek||6 Jul 2010||Other OD|
|14, 9||Worcs||v Leics||Worcester||28 Jun 2010||FC|
|3||Worcs||v Gloucs||Worcester||29 May 2010||FC|
|17, 7*||Worcs||v Sussex||Hove||24 May 2010||FC|
|19||Worcs||v Somerset||Bath||23 May 2010||LA|
|14||Worcs||v Derbyshire||Worcester||17 May 2010||FC|
|6||Worcs||v Lancashire||Worcester||16 May 2010||LA|
A short, stocky right-handed batsman, Ben Smith came up through the Leicestershire youth system to make his first-class debut in 1990 and then go on the England Under-19 tour to New Zealand that winter. He impressed immediately with the quality of his strokeplay and clean hitting, which made him equally adept at both championship and one-day cricket. His outstanding fielding is also a very positive asset in both forms of the game. He was in danger of becoming pigeonholed as a one-day specialist before he blossomed in 1996, scoring 1243 runs at 47.80, as Leicestershire won the first of two titles in three years.
The limited-overs tag disappeared with solid performances in subsequent seasons. But despite being Leicestershire's vice-captain, he quit the county (which was by then in considerable turmoil) and moved to Worcestershire where he made an immediate impression, succeeding Graeme Hick as captain in 2003. He caused a stir when he stepped down as skipper - mid-match - in August 2004, saying he wanted to concentrate on his batting. At the time he resigned he was already averaging almost 59 in the Championship that year and continued to be a consistent run-maker for several further seasons.
Smith brought up the 40th first-class ton of his career, 203 against Somerset at Taunton, in 2006, but it was to be his final century. His season average slipped under 30 in 2007, with a high score of 98 not out, and his returns began to tail off thereafter. After twenty years of first-class cricket, and more than 18,000 runs, Smith called time on his career at the end of the 2010 season. It was immediately announced that he would continue to play a role at Worcestershire as assistant coach.
He left New Road to become Leicestershire's batting coach in December 2010.
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