Ben Smith joins coaching ranks at Leicestershire

December 14, 2011
Grace Road

by Mat Fascione

Ben Smith the former Leicestershire middle order batsman has returned to the club as their new batting coach for the 2012 season.

Smith grew up in Leicester and spent the early part of his career with the county where scored 8,606 first class runs. In Smith’s time at Grace Road he helped the club in winning two County Championship titles. Smith passed 1,000 first class runs in both of these triumphant seasons.

In 2001 Smith departed Leicestershire and moved to the West Midlands in joining Worcestershire. Smith represented Worcestershire for nine years on the playing staff and a further year as assistant coach to Steve Rhodes. In total, Smith registered 18,777 first class runs at an average of 40.66 in his career.

Smith will bring a vast amount of county experience to the Leicestershire dressing room and the club will be hoping that he can develop their younger batsman into becoming as good as Smith himself.

At one stage this winter it looked as though Smith might join the coaching team at Surrey, but Leicestershire will be delighted to secure the services of Smith back at Grace Road.

Chris Murtagh 14/12/2011

2 Comments to “Ben Smith joins coaching ranks at Leicestershire”

  1. Diego
    December 14th, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    Ben Smith has been a mighty fine county player and Leicestershire should be jumping for joy with this move

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  2. Donald
    December 14th, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Interesting to see Surrey showed some interest. I imagine that would have been for the role of second team coach that Ali Brown has just secured

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