Former Worcestershire CCC captain, Ben Smith, will be the guest speaker of the Worcestershire Cricket Society at their latest winter cricket evening next Tuesday (February 8).
Smith enjoyed a successful playing career with Leicestershire and Worcestershire spanning two decades and, in December, it was announced he had become Northamptonshire’s new batting coach.
Prior to that, he had been Cricket Ireland’s consultant batting and fielding coach for five years.
Smith was already a proven winner before his arrival at New Road for the 2002 season after being recruited by the then Director Of Cricket, Tom Moody.
He had won the County Championship title twice with Leicestershire in 1996 and 1998 and became their vice-captain.
Smith quickly made an impact after switching to Worcestershire and in his debut season scored more than 2,000 runs in all cricket.
Ben was appointed captain for the 2003 campaign in succession to Graeme Hick through until August 2004 when he gave up the role to concentrate on his batting.
He scored 40 first class centuries in his career, including 203 against Somerset at Taunton in 2006, in addition to 100 half centuries.
The previous year Smith and Stephen Moore set a new Worcestershire fourth wicket partnership record with 333 against Essex at New Road.
He retired in 2010 with 18,777 first class runs at an average of 39.86 and 9,899 in List A cricket.
The evening will get underway at 7.30pm and non Society members can attend for an admission charge of £5.