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Tom Smith retires from cricket due to injury

Tom Smith retires from cricket due to injury

Lancashire County Cricket Club can confirm that all-rounder Tom Smith has been forced to retire with immediate effect from all forms of cricket due to injury.

2011 proved to be Smith’s career highlight as Lancashire won the County Championship for the first time in 77 years, where he finished the campaign with 459 Championship runs, including four fifties, and took 25 wickets from 12 matches.

Smith also enjoyed personal recognition in 2014, when he achieved England Lions selection and then dominated Lancashire’s end of season awards, after being named both the Championship Player of the Year and the overall Player of the Year.

He took 54 wickets and hit 773 runs in the County Championship matches in 2014 and his quick scoring at the top of the order was an integral part of Lancashire’s success in reaching the NatWest T20 Blast final, earning selection for the Lions’ one-day series against the A sides of New Zealand and Sri Lanka in August.

Watch Tom Smith's interview with Lancashire Cricket TV reflecting on his career and speaking about retiring.

Smith fulfilled a childhood dream by being named Lancashire Captain in March 2015 but was cruelly ruled out for the majority of the season after back injury that required surgery.

Smith made 107 First Class appearances for the Club hitting 8,790 runs, including three centuries as well as taking 241 wickets. The all-rounder also played in 96 T20 and 73 List A fixtures for Lancashire Lightning in his career.

The 31 year-old all-rounder started his career in the Northern League with hometown club Chorley CC and was a member of Lancashire’s Academy in 2003 and 2004 and the Scholarship in 2005.

He made his First Class debut against Oxford MCCU in May 2005 before making his break-through season in 2006 taking 35 Championship wickets, while he also played in the C&G Trophy final against Sussex at Lord’s that summer.

Smith said, “It’s with great sadness that I've had to retire from the professional game due to injury.  Following medical advice and recently becoming a father my long term health is most important at this time.

“I would like to take this chance to thank the whole of Lancashire County Cricket Club for 10 amazing seasons.  To my team mates, coaching staff and especially the medical team you have all had a massive influence on my career and I’d like to thank you for all the hard work you've put in over the years.  To all the Members and supporters I can’t thank you enough for all the support and encouragement you have given myself and the team.  I now look forward to joining you as a fan and watching from the sidelines.

“Over the last 10 years I've been lucky enough to take to the field with some great players, childhood idols and at the same time create some fantastic memories.  2011 will always be remembered as a great highlight from my career, but to have the honour of captaining this great county, albeit for a brief period is something that I'm very proud of.

“While it’s disappointing to be leaving the game in this fashion I'm very excited about the journey that lies ahead, and keen to venture into the world outside of cricket to take on a new challenge.

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Smith added, “Lastly, I would like to thank all my family and friends who have been there from the start.  If it wasn't for you I wouldn’t have had the career I did.  My wife Holly has been amazing over the last two very up and down years.  I now look forward to spending more time with her and my son, Dougie.”

Head Coach, Glen Chapple, said: “It’s very sad that Tom has had to retire. He has made an outstanding contribution to Lancashire County Cricket Club.

“He is a product of Lancashire’s local leagues and graduated through our Academy. He is one of the nicest guys I know and it has been a privilege to play alongside him and then coach him. He was always 100% committed to the Club and he will always be welcomed back at Emirates Old Trafford.

“Tom has been a valued and popular member of the playing staff throughout his time with us. On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to thank him for his efforts and contribution with Lancashire and wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”

In the short term, Smith will be assisting Gary Yates to help bring through the next batch of young Red Rose players in the Lancashire Academy.

Plans are underway for Tom to host a special event at one of Lancashire Lightning’s NatWest T20 Blast fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford this summer. Full details will be confirmed in due course.

LankyDes

Tom's fielding alongside Stephen Croft's gully work and an excellent season at slip from Paul Horton were major factors in 2011 alongside the obvious excellence of Chapple, Keedy and Hogg

LankyDes

Excellent comment. DuPlessis and Khawaja rubbish in first class cricket for us; world beaters since

brian burns

Great player and bloke. Always had time to chat away to the fans unlike many other sportsmen who ignore everyone. Good luck Tom!

oursrouge

Among my fond memories: A slip catch against Hampshire with 2 minutes to go at Aigburth in 2011. Won that and set up the last game which won us the Championship. Sorry to lose you Smudger.

Mike

Alex Davies had knee problems,that seem to have been solved, I think both are to add experience to our middle order.

Luke the Drifter

And I wonder what effect Brexit will have on both Bosman and Kolpak players? At first glance it would seem that those who have had a valid work permit for four or more years can continue but there can be no new ones until specific sectoral schemes were set up for the sports (as with agricultural workers). A Premier League without European or African players? A County Championship without Kolpaks? How do you like them apples, Brexiteers?

Luke the Drifter

Both of these as Kolpaks I assume as reported on Cricinfo. Does this mean Alex Davies won't be keeping next season? If he's had serious knee problems that would be a sensible course to take and, in any case there has still to be a (Smith type) question mark about his future until we see his form next season. Vilas' 1st Class average is just under 40 so, potentially at least, a useful squad member but he was a severe disappointment when he toured India so he might only be a good performer in SA. One of the problems with Lancs down the years has been how so many overseas players with good home reputations seem to lose it all when they get to Manchester. We'll all have our own nominations for Most Disappointing Overseas/Kolpak Player. Shiv, one assumes, would be Shiv but a) it was my impression he had retired and b) he's 43 now when inevitably reactions slow and eyesight fails.

If these reports are true then I'd see Vilas as a stopgap only (at least initially) and Shiv as likely to be a triumph of hope over experience.

Mike

The latest rumour, I have heard is Dane Vilas and Shivnarene Chanderpaul to bolster the squad.

Luke the Drifter

Very sad news indeed. I have long been an admirer of Tom and this is both a personal tragedy for him, that he will not fulfill the potential that was so evident before his injury at the beginning of the 2015 season, and for the club who have yet another hole to fill in the squad. Something like this has looked inevitable for the last two seasons and I'm glad that my last memory of Smithy as a player will be that great opening partnership with Hameed in the Roses match at OT last season.

Best of luck Smithy for the future, it's been a pleasure and a privilege to see you play.

Now Lancashire's pressing needs, if they are to even survive in, let alone challenge for, the County Championship next season, are increased to (at least): a reliable run-getting red ball opener (maybe two if Hameed is going to spend much of the summer with England); at least one middle order batsman with similar qualities; a penetrative fast/fast medium bowler and a strong all-rounder. It is clear that these cannot be met from within the existing squad. Let's hope that Chappie gets the necessary support (financial and otherwise) from club management to deal with these.

Francis O'Connor

Tom, all the very best for the future. You've been a credit to Lancashire and I hope your experience can help the next generation of Red Rose players.

Frank Lennon

This is very sad news for someone so young. I still remember his great joy at keeping Warwickshire at bay a few years ago. That said an awful lot about his attitude despite the rotten luck which plagued slices of his career.

Mike

Very sad,we can't afford to lose one of our best players, wish all the best for the future.

Dave Smith

Thanks for your efforts for the Red
Rose over the last decade Tom. I will remember a player who always visibly gave 100% to the team. Lots for you to look back on with pride over the next few years. One of my particular favourites was your bowling spell in the last innings at Southport last season that almost carried us through to a glorious win. Enjoy your retirement!

John Hayes

So sad. Yet another superb player gone. All the best.

Xlibrarian

Sad news for a player who has given his all to Lancashire. It has been a pleasure to watch you play. Good luck and best wishes for the future. I hope you stay in cricket long term and help Lancashire become No1 in England in all forms of the game.

 
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