Former Gloucestershire and England bowler Mike Smith plays in Oldland's win against Redmarley
FORMER Gloucestershire star Mike Smith made a surprise appearance for Oldlands on Saturday.
The 45-year-old, who won one England cap against Australia in 1997, helped the Abwell club beat Redmarley by 29 runs to secure their status in Division One of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League.
Smith retired from county cricket ten years ago after playing a major role in the Gloucestershire side which won seven one-day trophies in five years and now combines part-time coaching at the club with work at a law firm in Bristol, but was keen to don his whites again with Oldlands.
He scored 11 not out at the end of Oldlands’ innings to help them reach 215-6 and then opened the bowling, with his left-arm swing giving him figures of 1-25 off eight overs as Redmarley were restricted to 186-7.
Smith opened the new pavilion at Oldlands last year when he took a Gloucestershire Legends side there and he has maintained a good relationship with the club since.
Oldlands captain Steve Pennington said: “He’s played a couple of times at the ground previously and has been looking to play for us in the league for a while but other commitments and a back strain have prevented that until now.
“His impact both in the dressing room and out on the pitch was exemplary, being very much just one of the team yet providing considered advice and valuable encouragement at key moments.
“All the Oldlands lads were particularly impressed with the contribution he made, especially his commitment and enthusiasm, and we all really valued the experience of having him in the side.
“We’re now hoping there’s a chance he might also feature this week in our final game of the season at Kingsholm and then again next summer.”
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