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Date: Wednesday 14 December 2011
Leicestershire CCC is delighted to announce the arrival of Ben Smith as the Club’s new batting coach.
Smith registered 18,777 first-class runs at an average of 40.66 in a distinguished career, including 8,606 for the Club. The batsman, who came through the system at Leicestershire, scored 20 of his 40 career centuries during his time at Grace Road.
Smith thrice scored 1,000 runs in a season for Leicestershire – two of those occasions came during the County Championship winning years.
His highest first-class score of 204 came during the Championship-clinching win at Surrey in 1998 and he was leading run-scorer in that season with 1,165 at a brilliant average of 64.72. Smith also played an important role in the 1996 triumph, scoring 1,068 runs at 46.43.
He was also a fine one-day player, racking up 5,569 List A runs during his twelve-year association with the Club. That places Smith as Leicestershire’s 8th leading run-scorer in the history of List A cricket.
Smith went on to serve Worcestershire for nine seasons as a player and a further year as Assistant Coach. He became a firm favourite at New Road, just as he did at Grace Road, and Leicestershire is pleased to welcome Smith back.
Chief Executive Mike Siddall said: “We are delighted to see Ben returning to Leicestershire in this important role. He has a great Leicestershire pedigree and his experience will be vital in helping our batsmen develop.”
Smith said: “I am delighted to take this opportunity to become the batting coach at Leicestershire and to be involved with the ongoing development of a very talented group of players, as well as working alongside the other coaches and also members of staff at the Club.
“I have very fond memories of playing cricket at Grace Road as both a junior and double Championship winning capped player so to return and be able to give something back to the players and the Club in a coaching capacity is very exciting”.
Head Coach Phil Whitticase said “I’m really pleased to have Ben on board as our batting coach. He brings enthusiasm, innovation and experience to the coaching team and I look forward to working with him.”