Published: 4th July, 2018
17-year-old Jamie Smith has been named in his competitive first senior squad but who exactly is the latest player to emerge from the Surrey Academy?
A wicket keeper batsman who first wore the club’s famous 3 Feathers at an under-10 level, the Whitgift School student has impressed as he rose through the age groups.
He will celebrate his 18th birthday on Thursday 12th July; the same night Surrey welcome Essex Eagles to the Kia Oval for the third South Group match of their campaign.
Despite missing the second half of the 2017 campaign through injury, the youngster caught the attention of the coaching staff to such an extent that when it became apparent Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope were going to be unavailable for the pre-season tour of Dubai, Smith was called up to be the chief gloveman.
Surrey took on Glamorgan, Lancashire and a UAE XI in the Middle East with Smith, who plays for Sutton CC in the Travelbag Surrey Championship, behind the stumps for each white ball match. As a modern, prodigiously talented 360 degree batsman Smith often came in high up the order and batted in a way that befitted the match situation.
His time with the 2nd XI at the start of this season has been disrupted by A Level exams but with that now completed for the summer, Smith has fired with bat in hand during the T20 block that’s seen a mix of professionals and youngsters turn out for Surrey.
With six 2nd XI T20 innings under his belt since the start of last week, Smith has averaged an excellent 31.50 against strong Middlesex, Kent and Sussex sides with 23 boundaries on the way.
On Smith, Academy Director Gareth Townsend said: “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 during the pre-season tour shows the positive attitude he has towards the game.”