James Smurthwaite      

Full name James Smurthwaite

Born October 17, 1916, North Ormesby, Yorkshire

Died October 20, 1989, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (aged 73 years 3 days)

Major teams Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 7 9 5 29 20* 7.25 0 0 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 7 622 237 12 5/7 19.75 2.28 51.8 1 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1938 - 1939
Profile

James Smurthwaite, who died at Middlesbrough on October 20, 1989, aged 73, played in seven matches for Yorkshire in 1938 and 1939. He was a fast-medium swing bowler who could switch to quickish off-breaks when the conditions were right. At Bramall Lane in June 1939, he and Frank Smailes caused a sensation by routing Derbyshire for 20 on a rain-affected pitch after Yorkshire themselves had been dismissed by the Pope brothers for 83. Smurthwaite was the chief executioner with the remarkable figures of five for 7 in 4.2 eight-ball overs. In Derbyshire's second innings, Smailes took all ten wickets for 47, well supported by Smurthwaite, who kept up the pressure at the other end. After a weekend in the headlines, he then withdrew to the obscurity of the Minor Counties Championship, in which he took 36 wickets at 12.94 for Yorkshire's Second Eleven that season. After the war he played for many years with success as a professional in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Sri Lanka A at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Sri Lanka A 353 Durham 40/0 (9.5 ov)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 219 Somerset 255/2 (58 ov)
Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury - Jun 26-29
Kent 379 Derbyshire 97/1 (26 ov)
Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord's - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 470/5 (138.4 ov)
Warwickshire v Notts at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Notts 152 Warwickshire 50/4 (20.1 ov)
Yorkshire v Pakistan A at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Yorkshire 246 Pakistan A 110/1 (35 ov)
3rd ODI: Eng Wn v Pak Women at Taunton - Jun 27
Eng Wn 366/4 (50/50 ov)
Leics v Gloucs at Leicester - Jun 27-30
Leics 113/2 (36.1 ov)
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