Throwback Thursday: Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith had a huge influence on Somerset during his spell at the County Ground during the summer of 2005.
In that time the Club recorded a historic one-day victory over the Australians and then the South African captain led the team to our first ever Twenty20 Cup success.
Smith arrived in time to make his County Championship debut against Leicestershire at Oakham School at the start of June where he was greeted by a washed out first day in a game that was drawn.
Next it was off to Bath for Smith where he added 88 for the third wicket with Sanath Jayasuriya against Worcestershire before he was out for 55.
The following week Smith led Somerset to victory over reigning World Champions Australia in a 50 over match that was played in front of a packed house at the County Ground.
Chasing 343 for victory Smith opened the innings hit 108 sharing in an impressive opening partnership with Jayasuriya who made 101, to pave the way for some of Somerset’s youngsters to complete a memorable win.
In the return match against Leicestershire at the County Ground the left hander hit 311, which included 27 fours and 11 sixes to lead his side to victory by 10 wickets.
Smith made his biggest impact in the Twenty20 Cup competition which was introduced into the English domestic season first in 2003. Under Smith’s inspirational leadership and batting ability Somerset qualified for the quarter finals for the first time where they travelled to Northamptonshire and won by four wickets to book their place at Final’s Day at the Oval.
In the semi final Somerset beat Leicestershire by four runs to earn the right to face hot favourites Lancashire in the rain delayed final that was reduced to 16 overs per side.
Chasing down 115 for victory, Smith opened the innings and remained unbeaten on 64 as Somerset reached 118 for three in 14.1 overs.
Smith was an inspirational captain and leader and flew back to South Africa leaving so much for him to be remembered by.