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Will Smith

Less glamorous than his namesake who is a Hollywood superstar, Smith will be remembered fondly at Durham having skippered the county to a second successive LV= County Championship title in 2009.

A right-handed batsman, Smith first played in the north-east for Durham University and, after hitting 156 against a full-strength Somerset attack in 2005, was given a chance by Nottinghamshire.

He was signed mainly for Twenty20 cricket, but went on to play the club’s final three championship games in 2005, when they were crowned champions.

The 2006 campaign brought further progression, including a first championship century, but the lure of a return to Durham proved too strong at the end of the season and Smith surprisingly ended his affiliation with Notts.

The right-hander enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2008, hitting 925 runs at an average of 51.38 as Durham won their first title since becoming a first-class county in 1991.

Smith was then handed the captaincy and added another 700 runs as Durham regained their crown.

After a period of poor form, he handed the reins to Phil Mustard in 2010 and continued to struggle with the bat.

He returned to form in the 2011 season, hitting 978 runs in four-day cricket before enduring a poor year next time out.