Published: 19th July, 2018
Academy wicket keeper-batsman Jamie Smith has signed his first professional contract with Surrey County Cricket Club, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2020 season.
Smith made his first team debut, while still a 17-year-old, in this season’s Vitality Blast opener against Middlesex at Lord’s and kept his place for the visit of Kent Spitfires at a sold out Kia Oval the following night.
The 18-year-old, who first represented Surrey at under-10 level, becomes the 17th player in the current professional squad to have come through the Surrey youth system.
Smith impressed the club’s coaching staff during this year’s pre-season tour to Dubai when, in the absence of Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope, he took the gloves for matches against Glamorgan, Lancashire and a UAE XI.
His time with the 2nd XI at the start of the season was disrupted by A Level exams at Whitgift School but since returning to the team, he has averaged 31.50 in 2nd XI T20s as well as scoring an unbeaten red-ball century against Hampshire earlier this month.
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said: “I’ve seen Jamie’s game develop over the last 18 months to two years and we’re very pleased to have him join the professional squad. He’s a player that has all the credentials to have a very successful career in the game.”
Earlier this season, Academy Director Gareth Townsend stated: “Jamie has always been a prodigious talent. He’s played very good innings in every age group throughout our programme against both of the red ball and white ball.
“He’s a very naturally gifted player with a good temperament and the full range of strokes to score runs in any format. The way he fitted in with the professional squad shows the positive attitude he has towards the game.”