Shirt Number:
50
DOB:
10.03.95
Playing Style:
Left Hand Bat, Left Arm Spin Bowler
Born:
Hillingdon, London
Debut:
August 2016 v Lancashire Thunder
Best:
4-10 v Yorkshire Diamonds, KSL, 2016 / 3-9 v Thunder, CEC, 2024

Linsey Smith

Bowler

Linsey Claire Neale Smith was born in Hillingdon on 10th March 1995 and is a left-arm spin bowler and left-handed batter.

Smith first played for Southern Vipers in 2016, debuting against Lancashire Thunder in the inaugural season of the KIA Super League.

She took eight wickets in her first season with the team, and was part of the side that won the inaugural KSL competition, as Southern Vipers defeated Western Storm by seven wickets at Chelmsford.

Smith continued with the Vipers for 2017, where she took eight wickets, before she moved to Loughborough Lightning after enrolling at Loughborough University, and in 2018, she made her IT20 debut in England's opening match of the 2018 Women's World T20 in the West Indies, against Bangladesh.

She has since placed nine IT20s for her country, with best figures of 3-18 against Sri Lanka in 2019.

With the advent of the regoinal hub system and the Northern Diamonds, Smith played in all three Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy finals.

She has taken 47 wickets across the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edwards Cup, including figures of 2-24 as Northern Diamonds won the RHF Trophy for the first time in September 2022.

In January 2023, Smith was signed up to Otago Sparks for their remaining three Super Smash matches where she helped her side to second in the table.

Smith made an instant impact on her return to orange and black, taking 3-50 against Sunrisers, with a season’s best of 3-13 coming against the same opposition in Hove in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

In 21 matches for the Vipers, Smith took 32 wickets – the most in the club – including a crucial 3-30 in the RHFT final against The Blaze where she dismissed Lizelle Lee, Marie Kelly, and Lucy Higham.

Pinpoint accurate, Smith had the best economy rates of any bowler in both the Charlotte Edwards Cup and Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy (of anyone who bowled more than 25 overs).

She was handy with the bat too, scoring 184 runs, including a first List A fifty against South East Stars, and a quickfire 42* (33) against Thunder at Southport in a thrilling tied match.

A strong season was rewarded with an England A call-up to face Australia A in three T20s and three List A matches at Loughborough where she took two wickets.

Having ended the season with 32 wickets to her name – the most of any Viper – Smith was called up to England Women’s IT20 squad to tour New Zealand.

On her return to the international stage, a mere 1,736 days after her previous England match, Smith picked up a wicket with her very first ball, and that of her former Vipers teammate, Suzie Bates.

Miserly as ever with the ball, took her second best figures for the Vipers when she finished with 3-9 to help bowl Thunder out for just 85 at Old Trafford in the Charlotte Edwards cup.

Linsey Smith in Numbers:

  • Matches: 43
  • Wickets: 61
  • Bowling Average: 18.05
  • Best Bowling: 4-10 (v Yorkshire Diamonds, KSL, 2016)
  • Economy: 4.27
  • Runs: 189
  • Batting Average: 21.00
  • High Score: 51 (v South East Stars, RHFT, 2022)
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