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Smith (24)

Tom Smith

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Full Name Tom Smith
Nickname Smudger
DoB 26th December 1985
Height 6' 3
Bats/Bowls Left Hand/Right arm fast medium
Shirt Number 24
Lancashire Academy 2003-4, Scholarship 2005. Debut 2005, Cap 2010. Other club: Leics (loan) 2008
Tests 0


All-rounder Tom Smith capped off 2011, an excellent summer, by entering the record books thanks to a stunning display in a 40-over win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Smith, who celebrates his birthday on Boxing Day, lit up Trent Bridge with a fabulous 104-ball 117, the first ton of his one-day career, before returning figures of 4-48 from his eight overs as a thrilling two-run win was secured in late August.

He became the first Red Rose player ever to score a hundred and take four wickets in the same one-day match.

And it was the standout return of a campaign which further cemented his place in Peter Moores's first choice line-up in all three forms of the game. Smith bats left-handed and bowls right-arm fast medium pace.

He finished the County Championship campaign with 459 runs, including four half centuries, and 25 wickets from 12 matches, while he added 282 40-over runs and seven wickets and 413 Twenty20 runs and six wickets.

Not only this, he took a total of 27 catches across all three formats, including the crucial one to get Hampshire's Neil McKenzie in the penultimate Championship match at Liverpool to keep Lancashire's title dream alive.

As glorious as 2011 was, 2012 was massively frustrating for Smith, even though he still demonstrated his talents on a number of occasions.

Hamstring and thigh injuries meant he only played six Championship, four 40-over and eight Twenty20 matches, but he still managed to contribute wickets and, in particular, runs.
He also entered the record books again courtesy of his second 40-over ton.

In a washed out match against Worcestershire at New Road in August, he smashed 106 off 46 balls, including eight fours and ten sixes. In reaching three figures of 44 balls, he equalled the fifth fastest List A hundred ever scored anywhere in the world and the third fastest in the UK.

Having replaced Ashwell Prince at the top of the order following his second lengthy injury lay-off of the season, he shared 150 in 15 overs for the first wicket with Stephen Moore, who later described the knock as “a very Chris Gayle like innings”. He also said it was “striking of world-class calibre”. It was an innings which brought Smith the club’s champagne moment award at the end of season awards dinner.

Smith also scored 91 from number six in the order during a drawn Championship match against Durham later that week before moving up the order to open in matches against Middlesex and Surrey, scoring 55, 21 and 83.

2013 was also a funny season for Smith, who started it out of the side on selection grounds and then suffered more injury problems.

But once he returned in mid-June, he went on to play seven Championship matches and return some useful contributions, arguably more so with the ball than bat in taking 22 wickets (he also scored two fifties).

Wherever you ask him to bat, whenever you ask him to bowl or wherever you ask him to field, the Liverpool-born, Chorley-raised player will give it absolutely everything he's got.

Smith, who will be 28 at the start of the 2014 summer, has twice been selected in England's Hong Kong Sixes squad, helping them reach the final of the 2011 event, although they failed to match that in 2012.

It is not the only experience Smith has had of some form of England duty, playing for the under 19s and being selected as part of their National Academy intake in the winter of 2006/7, where he spent time working with Moores.

As you may have already gathered, Smith, who broke through with 35 wickets in 2006, has not had it all his own way during an eventful career so far.

He struggled for form in 2007, kick-starting his career again with a successful loan spell at Leicestershire midway through the 2008 campaign.

He started 2009 with a century as a locum opener in a three-day friendly against Durham University, which convinced new Red Rose coach Moores to give him a regular berth against the new ball.

He has since scored four-day centuries opening the batting and at number six.

His spell as a four-day opener for Lancashire actually came after a successful winter of playing grade cricket with Melbourne side St Kilda, where he did the job whilst playing with county colleague Gareth Cross.

Smith won the club's One-Day Player of the Year award in 2009 and 2010 (he was also awarded his county cap that season), and would have been a strong contender for a place in England's Performance Programme for their tour of Australia in the 2010/11 winter had he not required a hernia operation.

Smith started his career in the Northern League with home-town team Chorley.

He was a member of Lancashire's Academy in 2003/4 and earned a Scholarship deal in 2005, the summer in which he made his first-class debut against Oxford University.

Graham Hardcastle
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