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Dennis Smith      

Full name Horace Dennis Smith

Born January 8, 1913, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Died January 25, 1986, Christchurch, Canterbury (aged 73 years 17 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 1 1 0 4 4 4.00 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 11 19 1 404 52 22.44 0 1 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 1 120 113 1 1/113 1/113 113.00 5.65 120.0 0 0 0
First-class 11 1065 570 17 3/41 33.52 3.21 62.6 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 24-27, 1933 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1931-1934
Profile

Wisden Obituary
Dennis Smith was the tenth bowler to take a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket. Moreover it was his only wicket in his only Test match. A right-arm medium-fast bowler, in the first Test at Christchurch against Jardine's side in March 1933 the 20-year-old Smith bowled Paynter with the first ball of the second over, the ball swinging late between bat and pad to hit the left-handers middle and leg stumps. With Sutcliffe having been caught behind off the first ball of the match, from Badcock, England were 4 for two. Had Hammond been caught at slip in the first over, England might have been three wickets down: instead Hammond went on to 227 and England scored 560 for eight. In his twenty overs, Smith conceded 113 runs, and for the second Test he was named twelfth man. He played six times for Otago and four for Canterbury, and in his eleven matches took seventeen wickets at 33.52 and scored 404 runs with an average of 22.44.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1987

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