Will Smeed became the first cricketer to score a century at the Hundred 2022 tournament on Wednesday 10 August
Cambridge-born Somerset cricketer Will Smeed recently became the first centurion of the 2022 Hundred.
The 20-year-old currently plays for Birmingham Phoenix and hit a phenomenal century for Liam Livingstone’s side as he paved the way for a 53-round win over Southern Brave.
Smeed was joined at the knee by Chris Benjamin, Moeen Ali, Livingstone, Matthew Wade and Miles Hammand but it was the 20-year-old who scored the runs for the West Midlands side.
Southern Brave was reduced to just 123 before they all ran out. Henry Brookes inflicted the most damage, using five wickets for just 25 runs, while Kane Richardson needed three for 19 runs.
However, it was Smeed who stole the show at Edgbaston when he hit his 101 in just 50 balls with eight fours and six sixes.
So who is the newest star of The Hundred?
Who is Will Smeed?
Born in Cambridge in 2001, Smeed attended Millfield Prep School and King’s College Taunton where he played rugby, football, hockey and also hurdles.
He first started playing for Somerset in 2020 during a T20 game against Worcestershire. Smeed then made his List A debut for the England Lions on 14 July 2022 during the South Africa tour of England.
In just his second professional game when he was just 18, Smeed hit 82 of 49 balls during a 2020 Vitality Blast against Gloucestershire.
Throughout his time at the county academy, Smeed was repeatedly cited as one to watch. Both he and Marcus Trescothick scored hundreds in the same 2nd XI innings when Smeed was only 16.
The 20-year-old secured a place in the Birmingham Phoenix side last year as a substitute for injury, hitting 36 of 13 balls on his debut, finishing with a batting average of 172.91.
In his T20 career, he has 1400 runs with an average of 31.81 and a batting average of 146.29.
What was said about Will Smeed?
Former England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan believes Smeed’s century could be a turning point as the 20-year-old potentially becomes the standard-bearer for a new generation of cricketers focused on just one format of the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Morgan said: “It’s a line in the sand for English cricket. He doesn’t play first class cricket, he is predominantly a T20 cricketer and is clearly exceptional at what he does.
“We’ve seen at other competitions around the world where national franchise tournaments that attract big-name players produce homegrown heroes. Tonight Will Smeed became one of them.”
Smeed was asked by Sky Sports if he thought his innings could be the launch pad for his career, to which he humbly replied: “I don’t know. Cricket can be a strange game. It was nice to get the few extra runs as I came up short a few times.
“It’s a learning lesson that you don’t have to hit every ball off the middle of the racquet. And hopefully the more I play, the more I can learn and improve.
“It was a great team performance. Shout out to Brookesey, his spell was epic and I feel like I stole that (Match Hero Award) from him a bit. But there will be confidence in the group again and hopefully we can play a small role now.”
How to watch The Hundred 2022?
The Hundred continues today with the Oval Invincibles and Northern Superchargers airing on Sky Sports.