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Full name Benjamin Francis Smith
Born April 3, 1972, Corby, Northamptonshire
Current age 42 years 235 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.
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough