Will Smith Announces Retirement from First Class Cricket
County Cricket stalwart and Durham legend, Will Smith has announced his retirement from First Class Cricket.
Will has been part of four Championship-winning sides, including Durham’s maiden Championship trophy win in 2008 and consecutive title triumph in 2009.
He joined from Nottinghamshire in 2007 – where he won the County Championship in 2005 - and spent seven years in the North East, establishing himself as a firm favourite among the members before leaving for Hampshire in 2013.
He enjoyed an excellent season on the South Coast, making 1187 runs at 51.60 in the County Championship as Hampshire won Division Two.
“After consulting with my family and Durham Cricket, I have taken the decision to retire with immediate effect,” Will said.
“When people said that you know when the time is right, I never used to believe them; but due to lack of opportunities and a willingness to see Durham’s young players have as many chances as possible, I can say that now is absolutely the time.
“I have given everything as a player that I can possibly give.”
In 2008, Will scored 925 Division One runs, including a maiden double century against Surrey, at an average of over 50 and was subsequently being named Player of the Year.
The following year he was made captain & led Durham to the notable feat of defending their County Championship crown.
Will re-joined Durham for the 2018 season after four seasons away from Chester-le-Street and helped the club earn a home quarter-final clash against Sussex in the Vitality Blast.
“I have experienced some amazing moments in the game and played with and against some outstanding players and people,” Will added.
“I want to thank everyone connected to the three counties I have played for – Nottinghamshire CCC, Hampshire CCC and of course, Durham Cricket. It truly was a privilege and an honour to represent all three.
“Thank you to my family for all the support and in particular my wife Kat, who has been a pillar of strength through the highs and the lows.
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds and I hope to remain in the game in some capacity.”
Sir Ian Botham, Chairman of Durham Cricket Club said: “Will is a fantastic guy and someone who has been a model professional during his career.
“I would like to thank him for his contribution to Durham Cricket and wish him well in the future.”
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