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|Date of Birth||15th June 1991||Height||5'11"|
|Debut||2011||Years of Service||2005-|
|Capped||-||Nickname(s)||Bilbo, Billo, The Bilbo|
|Bat||Right-hand||Best Bat||First Class - 171 for Kent v Glos, Bristol, 2016; List A: 143 for Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury, 2012 & 171 for England Lions v Pakistan at Canterbury, 2016; T20 78* for Islamabad United v Quetta, 2016; 61* for England Lions v Pakistan A 2|
Kent Cricket Academy graduate Sam Billings became first-choice wicketkeeper in 2014 ahead of England Ashes-winner Geraint Jones.
He ended the season as Player of the Year at the Spitfire Cricket Awards and earned a call-up to the England Performance Programme.
The youngster rediscovered his batting form with a series of scintillating knocks in the Royal London One-Day Cup including 64 off 54 v Durham 135 off 58 balls at Somerset, 87 off 42 at Surrey, 51 not out off 39 balls v Sussex, 61 off 42 v Gloucestershire.
He blossomed in the 50-over format and was instrumental in the club’s run to the semi-finals.
Billings made an early impression on Kent followers in 2012 with a glittering 143 against Derbyshire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – breaking the record for the highest one-day score by a Kent player at Canterbury.
In 2015, following an impressive tour with England Lions, he made his senior international debut with some cameos in the one-day international series win against New Zealand.
He kept his place in the squad for the limited-overs series against Australia and on the winter tour to play Pakistan in the UAE.
A matchwinning half-century against Pakistan helped clinch the T20 series before a series of good knocks for the Lions bolstered his reputation in the shorter formats either side of the New Year.
He put pen to paper on a contract extension early in 2016 after being drafted to play for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.
He has also represented Delhi Daredevils in India and Sydney Sixers in Australia.
England, England Lions, England U19s, Delhi Daredevils, Islamabad United, Loughborough MCCU, Sydney Sixers