Durham CC's Will Smith announces retirement from first class cricket

Durham CC legend Will Smith has announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Friday, 21st June 2019, 1:13 pm
Will Smith has announced his retirement from first class cricket today.

He joined from Nottinghamshire in 2007 and spent seven years in the North East, establishing himself as a firm favourite among the members before leaving for Hampshire in 2013.

Smith was part of four Championship-winning sides, including Durham’s maiden win in 2008 and consecutive title triumph in 2009. 

“After consulting with my family and Durham Cricket, I have taken the decision to retire with immediate effect,” Smith 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, he concluded.”

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.

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The following season he was made captain and led Durham to the notable feat of defending their County Championship crown.

Will re-joined Durham for the 2018 season after four seasons away and helped the club earn a home quarter-final clash against Sussex in the Vitality Blast.

Sir Ian Botham, Chairman of Durham CC 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.”