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Sam plays for Bridgnorth in the Birmingham League – he was captain for a number of years – and is renowned as a consistent wicket taker.

He was appointed captain of Shropshire’s National Counties Cricket Association Championship side ahead of the 2021 season and as vice-captain to Graham Wagg in one-day cricket.

Sam’s first match as county captain saw him hit an unbeaten 66 in the second innings, his maiden half-century for Shropshire, in a drawn match against Wales at Abergavenny in August 2021.

The younger brother of former Shropshire stalwart Jono Whitney, Sam made his Championship debut against Devon at Sandford in 2017, before taking 4-85 in Wiltshire’s first innings on his home debut at Cricket Meadow, his home club ground.

His first five-wicket haul in the Championship came against Berkshire at Finchampstead in July 2018, 5-133 in the second innings, during a match in which he claimed nine wickets overall.

Sam’s best bowling figures in the Championship came in July 2022 when he took 5-38 from 20.1 overs in the first innings of the match against Wiltshire at Corsham.

Sam is a right-arm leg spinner, useful batter and a very good fielder.