- D.O.B.: 15/07/1998
- Player Type: Bowling All-Rounder (Seam)
- Placed: Re-Signed - Radlett CC
- Nationality: New Zealander
- Playing Role: Right-handed Middle/Lower Order Batsman and Right-arm Fast/Medium
- Coaching qualifications: Cricket New Zealand Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
- Current teams: Wellington Firebirds (New Zealand State Cricket)
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to September
Nathan Smith is a quality young all-rounder from Otago in New Zealand. Originally from Oamaru in the North of Southern Island state, Otago, Nathan attended Waitaki Boys High School and was the Schools 1st XI Captain. He represented North Otago in the Hawke Cup as well as Otago through various age groups from U17 through to the Otago Senior Men’s squad. He switched to Wellington ahead of the 2021-22 season.
A provincial age-group star, Nathan went on to represent the New Zealand U19 side at the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup, finishing as the country’s leading bowler at the Bangladesh Tournament, collecting 7 wickets. In total, he represented NZ U19’s on 7 occasions, taking 12 wickets @ 22.33 with a best of 4-51 against Australia.
One of the brightest emerging talents in New Zealand, Nathan was rewarded for his good Otago form with a call up to New Zealand A to play against the touring West Indies and Pakistan sides. Against the West Indies, match figures of 5-54 to go with an outstanding 74 (84) marked his arrival as an elite performer. He backed this up a fortnight later against Pakistan, with 3-29 in the first innings and scores of 40 & 45 when New Zealand needed him to step up.
His switch to the Wellington Firebirds for the 2021-22 season reaped immediate reward, with 21 wickets in 4 games to start the season. His best performance of 9-114 against Otago Volts coming in the season opener against his former employer.
Nathan had his first season in the UK in summer 2019, joining Herts Premier League powerhouse, Radlett CC for the summer. Whilst he struggled to find the form he is capable of with the bat, he performed well with the ball (28 wickets @ 21.11) and off the field was outstanding with his contributions to the club and youth coaching.
Seeking his second UK stint next summer, Nathan will be a great pick up for a club seeking a genuine new ball bowler than can contribute in the middle order next season.
|Wellington (First Class)||2021-22||4||7||152|
|Carisbrook Dunedin CC||2017-18||8||7||166|
|New Zealand U19||Career||7||5||69|