Published: 3rd April, 2018
Surrey Academy wicket keeper Jamie Smith has thanked the first team coaches for their faith in him after a successful first senior tour with the club.
In the absence of both Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope, the 18-year-old took the gloves for all four of Surrey’s white ball matches in Dubai.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) March 29, 2018
Smith, who represents Sutton CC in the Travelbag Surrey Championship, also spent some time in the middle at the ICC Academy with a high score of 40 against Glamorgan.
Speaking after returning to the UK, Smith said: “The tour was a fantastic opportunity to showcase both my batting and wicket keeping skills and I’m thankful to the coaches for giving me the opportunity to go on the tour.
“The experience was invaluable in helping the development of my cricket and my aspirations of playing professional cricket for Surrey.”
With the wealth of experience available in both the playing and coaching staff in the travelling party, Smith was determined to soak up as much as possible.
“The tour enabled me to tap into the knowledge of the coaches and the players which I can hopefully use and continue to do in the upcoming season,” he said.
Smith will now continue his studies with Whitgift School while pushing for more game time with Surrey’s senior teams.
“I’m now looking forward to getting the season underway, start playing some games for Surrey and to score as many runs as possible.”
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