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Full name Greg Phillip Smith
Born November 16, 1988, Leicester
Current age 26 years 12 days
Major teams Badureliya Sports Club, Durham MCCU, Durham UCCE, England Under-19s, Kibworth, Lankan Cricket Club, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v Bangladesh A at Leicester, Jul 16-18, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, Aug 25, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Lancashire at Leicester, Jun 15, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Leicestershire at Birmingham, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10, 0||Leics||v Derbyshire||Derby||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|26, 36||Leics||v Essex||Leicester||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|103||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1, 11||Leics||v Hampshire||Southampton||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|13||Leics||v Lancashire||Manchester||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|2, 24||Leics||v Surrey||Leicester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|34*||Leics||v Worcs||Leicester||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|4||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|34||Leics||v Hampshire||Southampton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|55*||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||5 Aug 2014||LA|
Greg Smith began a new chapter of his career when, in common with several of his team mates, he left Leicestershire at the end of 2014, disheartened by two Championship seasons in Division Two without a win. Smith's choice was Nottinghamshire - a route trod by others before him, notably Stuart Broad, James Taylor and Harry Gurney - and his new coach, Mick Newell, spoke of his "significant potential".
Smith had advertised that potential against Notts midway through his final season at Leicestershire, striking 102 from 54 balls against them in a NatWest T20 Blast game in a losing cause at Grace Road. His 52-ball hundred was Leicestershire's fastest in T20. His progress, at 25, was shown by 1,448 runs in all competitions. His career first-class average, though, remained comfortably the wrong side of 30.
A top-order batsman with aggressive instincts who has been with Leicestershire from the age of 15, Smith's development accelerated sharply in 2008. By the end of that season, he had made his first-class and senior one-day debuts and marked his first appearance for England Under-19s by scoring 157 in the opening Under-19 Test against New Zealand in Taunton and following up with an unbeaten 150 in the second Test.
He made further appearances for Leicestershire in 2009 and 2010 while studying at Durham University, making noteworthy strides in 2010 when he made a century for Durham MCCU against Nottinghamshire in April and back-to-back hundreds for Leicestershire against Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire in September, which enabled him to top the first-class national batting averages with 652 runs at 93.14.
Batting at No 3, he played a full season for Leicestershire in 2011 and batted impressively again at times, scoring his third Championship century against Middlesex in the final game. He found 2012 more challenging but finished strongly with a century in the Second XI Final and 77 against Gloucestershire in the last Championship fixture.
His career-best 135 not out against Somerset in YB40 in a record-breaking opening stand of 235 with Josh Cobb - both players hitting centuries - was one of the high points of Leicestershire's 2013 season. He was their leading scorer in T20 cricket, averaging nearly 40 and producing an impressive strike rate of 130.98.
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