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Gerald Smithson      

Full name Gerald Arthur Smithson

Born November 1, 1926, Spofforth, Yorkshire

Died September 6, 1970, Abingdon, Berkshire (aged 43 years 309 days)

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Gerald Arthur Smithson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 0 70 35 23.33 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 200 333 27 6940 169 22.67 8 31 131 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 200 94 117 1 1/26 117.00 7.46 94.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 21-26, 1948 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Feb 11-16, 1948 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946-1956
Profile

Gerald Arthur Smithson, who died suddenly on September 6, aged 43, played for Yorkshire in 1946 and 1947, his highest innings for the county being 169 against Leicestershire at Leicester in the second year. Conscripted as a Bevin Boy in the mines after the war, he received special permission, after his case had been debated in the House of Commons, to tour the West Indies with the MCC team of 1947--48, taking part in two Test matches. His picture appeared in Wisden 1948, page 38. In 1951 he joined Leicestershire, with whom he remained for six seasons, of which his best was that of 1952 when, by attractive left-hand batting and the aid of two centuries, he hit 1,264 runs, average 28.08. He afterwards served as coach, first at Caterham School and then at Abingdon School, and between 1957 and 1962 he also assisted Hertfordshire.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Latest Photos

Apr 16, 1949

Gerald Smithson (left) and Brian Close display their batting stances at a cricket school at Headingley, April 16, 1949

Gerald Smithson (left) and Brian Close display their batting stances at a cricket school at Headingley

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1947

Yorkshire cricketers Geoffrey Keighley and Gerald Smithson, 1947

Yorkshire cricketers Geoffrey Keighley and Gerald Smithson

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Leics at Derby - Sep 23-26
Derbyshire 289 Leics 25/2
Essex v Worcs at Chelmsford - Sep 23-26
Worcs 84 Essex 198/3
Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff - Sep 23-26
Hampshire 357
Kent v Gloucs at Canterbury - Sep 23-26
Gloucs 179 Kent 83/4
Lancashire v Middlesex at Manchester - Sep 23-26
Middlesex 214
Northants v Sussex at Northampton - Sep 23-26
Sussex 300/7
Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham - Sep 23-26
Durham 201 Warwickshire 77/1
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds - Sep 23-26
Yorkshire 241/9
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