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Sam Billings

Captain, Capped Player 212

Date of Birth15th June 1991DebutFor Kent: FC v Loughborough MCCU (2011); CC v Northamptonshire (2013); List-A v Netherlands (2011); T20 v Glamorgan (2011)
Years of Service2005-Capped2015 (212)
Nickname(s)Bilbo, Billo, The BilboBatRight-hand
Best BatFor Kent: FC 171 v Gloucestershire (2016); List-A 143 v Derbyshire (2012); T20 95* v Hampshire (2018)Bowl-
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Player Biography

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.

Sam 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 match winning 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.

Billings was appointed Club Captain in January 2018, captaining Kent to promotion to Division 1 of the County Championship, and runners up in the Royal London One Day Cup. He scored three consecutive First Class centuries at the end of the 2019 season, scoring 100 vs Nottinghamshire, and 138 and 122* against Yorkshire. In doing so against Yorkshire, he became only the second First Class batsman to score two centuries in a First Class game at Yorkshire, and the first batsman to do so against Yorkshire at Headingley. West Indian Shai Hope was the first, when he scored 147 and 118* against England in a Test in 2017.

He toured the West Indies with the England team in 2019, starring as he scored 87 (47) in a 137-run victory in the second T20I. Sam became the first male Kent-player to score an ODI century for England, when he amassed 118 off 110-balls in the first ODI against Australia in 2020. England lost the match by 19-runs, with wickets regularly falling around Sam. England ended up losing the series 2-1, but Sam finished with 183-runs at an average of 61.

Other Teams

England, England Lions, England U19s, ICC World XI, Loughborough MCCU

Overseas Teams

Chennai Super Kings (India), Delhi Daredevils (India), Islamabad United (Pakistan), Kandahar Knights (Afghanistan), Northern Warriors (UAE), Sydney Sixers (Australia), Sydney Thunder (Australia)