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Squad Number - 14
Player Sponsor - Holiday Lounge
Born - Leicester, 16 November, 1988
Joined - Leicestershire 2008 (Academy 2005)
Role - Right handed batsman, occasional leg break bowler
Teams Represented - Leicestershire, England under 19s
Honours - England under 19s
Highlight of Career - Scoring back-to-back 150s in an England under 19s test series against New Zealand in 2008.
Players Admired - Aravinda de Silva, Matthew Boyce, Russell Spiers
Relaxations - Darts, Eating out
Greg Smith did not start the 2013 season in the four-day team but reacted really well and enjoyed a good campaign. Smith scored 500 first-class runs, and his performances in the one-day arena really caught the eye.
The top-order batsman scored 318 List A runs, including a brilliant career-best 135 not out against Somerset in a record-breaking opening stand of 235 with Josh Cobb, and was the Club’s leading scorer in t20 cricket. Smith amassed 279 runs at an average just below 40 – and an extremely impressive strike rate of 130.98.
A fluent batsman who times the ball superbly, Smith is another fine player who has come through the ranks at Leicestershire. Smith had a tough time in 2012 but showed great character to post a brilliant century in the Second XI Final and a superb 77 against Gloucestershire in the last LV=CC game of the season.
Smith batted at number three throughout 2011 and grew into the role after previously having success as an opening batsman. Smith scored his third Leicestershire century against Middlesex in the final game of the season. His previous tons were back-to-back efforts against Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire in 2010.
The youngster topped the first-class national batting averages in 2010, which was a terrific effort when you consider he was finishing his studies at Durham at the start of the season. A fine century for Durham MCCU against a strong Nottinghamshire side early on set the tone and Smith brought that form to Grace Road.
Smith has moved through the ranks quickly; he was in Kibworth’s Second XI at the start of 2008 but batting for Leicestershire at Lord’s by the end of that campaign. The batsman also gained international honours that year and scored two test centuries for England under 19s.
Smith went on to post maiden half-centuries in both four-day cricket and one-day cricket by the end of that season. The opener also appeared in Kibworth’s Cockspur Cup success against Malden Wanderers at Southgate.
Smith's career record at Leicestershire:
Greg Smith 2013 (33.39 kB)