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Hampshire confirm Smith signing
5:59pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
Hampshire have boosted their batting ranks for the 2014 season with the signing of Will Smith following his release from Durham.
Smith played a crucial role in helping the north-east side lift the LV County Championship title this year, scoring 786 runs in 16 matches.
But it was confirmed last week that the 31-year-old would not be offered a new deal as Durham look to cut costs to improve their financial situation, with Hampshire wasting little time in snapping up the batsman on a two-year deal.
''I'm delighted to sign with Hampshire and really excited by the opportunity to represent a club for whom I have the utmost respect,'' said Smith.
''The Royals possess an immensely gifted squad of cricketers, which I am over the moon to now be a part of and looking forward to the team pursuit of winning some silverware in 2014.''
Smith, who began his career with Nottinghamshire, captained Durham to the championship title in 2009 and played in the side that won the crown 12 months earlier during his eight years with the county.
He passed 6,000 first-class runs in his final game for Paul Collingwood's men against Sussex last week.
Hampshire manager Giles White added: ''We are looking forward to welcoming Will and his family to the club. Alongside his batting and fielding he brings a wealth of experience, having played his part in a number of championship winning sides.''
Hampshire also confirmed promising young batsman Sean Terry, 22, has been awarded a fresh two-year deal.
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