David Smith (Gloucestershire cricketer)

Summary

David Smith (5 October 1934[1] – 17 December 2003) was an English cricketer, who played in five Tests for England in India in 1961–1962.

David Smith
Personal information
Full nameDavid Robert Smith
Born(1934-10-05)5 October 1934
Fishponds, Bristol, England
Died17 December 2003(2003-12-17) (aged 69)
Bristol, England
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 5 386
Runs scored 38 4966
Batting average 9.50 12.32
100s/50s  –/–  –/6
Top score 34 74
Balls bowled 972 72,581
Wickets 6 1250
Bowling average 59.83 23.72
5 wickets in innings  – 51
10 wickets in match  – 6
Best bowling 2/60 7/20
Catches/stumpings 2/– 294/–
Source: [1]
Association football career
Position(s) Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1959 Bristol City 21 (1)
1959–1960 Millwall 13 (1)
Total 34 (2)
National team
England youth
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He was one of a trio of pace bowlers, along with Alan Brown and Butch White, who were given their opportunity on the eight Test, five-month tour of India and Pakistan. However, his efforts in the heat and dust of the Indian subcontinent, did not do sufficient to earn him a chance to bowl in an England Test series at home.[1]

Life and careerEdit

David Robert Smith was born in Fishponds, Bristol.

He was a lower-order right-handed batsman, and a medium-fast right-arm bowler, who played for Gloucestershire for fifteen seasons from 1956, usually opening the bowling in partnership with Tony Brown. He was a successful county bowler at slightly above medium-pace, able to move the ball off the seam in both directions, and in five seasons he took more than 100 wickets, with a best of 143 wickets in 1960. In a team that was packed with all-rounders, Smith tended to bat fairly low, but he occasionally made useful runs, often in a fairly forthright style.

Smith's only Test cricket came on the long, and by modern standards, arduous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour that started in Pakistan, moved on to India, took in Sri Lanka and then returned to Pakistan, in 1961–62. Leading England fast bowlers such as Fred Trueman and Brian Statham opted out of the tour, and Smith was one of three seam bowlers whose only experience of Test cricket came on the tour. Smith played in only the five Indian Tests, missing the three in Pakistan, and took six wickets in a series dominated by spin bowling. The regular Test fast bowlers resumed their careers in the 1962 English season, and Smith was never selected again.[1]

Smith was also a footballer who played at outside-left for Bristol City[2] and Millwall.[3][4]

David Smith died in Bristol in December 2003, at the age of 69.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 154. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ "BRISTOL CITY : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A — Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  3. ^ (Wisden obituary)
  4. ^ "MILLWALL : 1946/47 - 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A — Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 2 April 2010.

External linksEdit

  • "David Smith". Barry Hugman's Footballers.