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Full name William Rew Smith
Born September 28, 1982, Luton, Bedfordshire
Current age 32 years 183 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||Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002|
|Last List A||Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Aug 13, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10, 39||Hampshire||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|2/27, 11, 142*||Hampshire||v Kent||Southampton||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|30||Hampshire||v Leics||Southampton||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|3/15, 1||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|56, 74*||Hampshire||v Kent||Canterbury||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/16, 13||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Hampshire||v Worcs||Southampton||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|59||Hampshire||v Northants||Southampton||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|40, 1/34||Hampshire||v Leics||Southampton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/24, 9||Hampshire||v Notts||Nottingham||3 Aug 2014||T20|
Racing enthusiast Will Smith is an opening batsman whose career has fluctuated significantly. He has been part of four Championship-winning sides but has never convinced as a consistent performer with several years of healthy runscoring mixed in with lean campaigns. His fresh start with Hampshire could lead to him improving his career record.
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. It was Smith's best haul in a season and he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Ageas Bowl until the end of 2017.
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.
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.
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun