Published: 6th February, 2019
Surrey opener Bryony Smith has been awarded an England rookie contract, joining club captain Natalie Sciver in the full time international game.
The KSL winning pair are joined by Surrey Stars Laura Marsh and Sarah Taylor in the 21 player group, all of whom are centrally contracted to the ECB.
Smith, who made her Surrey debut as an U13 in 2010, received her first call up to the England team last year, playing three matches in a tri-series between England, Australia and India in Mumbai. She has been a consistent member of the Surrey Stars, playing 22 Kia Super League games and hitting 266 runs.
Since making her debut for the Surrey Women side in 2014, at the age of 17, Smith has played 37 times in the One Day Cup, hitting 753 runs including a brilliant unbeaten 119 as Surrey secured promotion with a season ending victory over Essex last year, a game in which she also took 5/33 with her off spin bowling.
She has also impressed at county level in the shortest form of the game, lighting up Banstead CC in June last year as she blasted 109* from 71 balls in a dominant 89 run victory over Middlesex.
With last year’s appointment of Richard Bedbrook as the country’s first full time women’s domestic Head Coach, Smith has benefited from the further opportunities his new programmes have presented the county’s women’s team.
Speaking after securing promotion last summer, Smith said: “The girls have put in so much training time over the winter, getting together every week and continued that in the summer. That’s really showed throughout the season,” she suggested.
“Having Bedders around all the time has really helped. He has the experience of working with the Stars so he knows how to work with us and I think we’ve helped teach him more about women’s cricket so far.”
Surrey Director of Women’s Cricket, Ebony Rainford-Brent, added: “This is a big reward for Bryony and fully justified as she has worked tirelessly to achieve this. She has really put in the dedicated work over the past eighteen months, taken her game to another level and I’m really pleased for her.
“As a club, it is fantastic news because Bryony has come all the way through the Surrey system to achieve international honours and now this contract. Natalie Sciver has been superbly flying the flag for the Surrey system over the last few years and now Bryony has the opportunity to use this to further her international career. We at the club are very pleased and looking forward to supporting her journey.”
Smith’s ‘rookie’ contract is a new scheme from the ECB and she is one of four players to receive the deal.
Overall, the new contracts signify a higher level of remuneration for England Women, continuing the trend since the women’s game turned professional in 2014.
The overall salary pot has grown by 10 per cent on 2018, with several players receiving an increase of between 15 and 30 per cent on their 2018 salary. The bonus pot for bi-lateral series wins has also been increased by 25 per cent.
The full retained list is as follows:
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Kate Cross (Lancashire)
Freya Davies (Sussex)
Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)
Alex Hartley (Lancashire)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
Heather Knight (Berkshire)
Laura Marsh (Kent and Surrey Stars)
Nat Sciver (Surrey)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex and Surrey Stars)
Fran Wilson (Kent)
Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
Danni Wyatt (Sussex)
Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent)*
Katie George (Hampshire)*
Bryony Smith (Surrey)*
Linsey Smith (Sussex)*
*Denotes rookie contract