Brun Smith      

Full name Frank Brunton Smith

Born March 13, 1922, Rangiora, Canterbury

Died July 6, 1997, Christchurch, Canterbury (aged 75 years 115 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury

Also known as Runty

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Father - FA Smith, Son - GB Smith

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 6 1 237 96 47.40 0 2 3 1 0
First-class 49 85 5 2643 153 33.03 4 14 21 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 49 76 1 1/6 76.00 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 21-25, 1947 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 8-12, 1952 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1942/43 - 1952/53

Wisden obituary
Brun Smith, otherwise known as Runty, was a small, aggressive batsman who was a crowd favourite in Christchurch and played four Tests for New Zealand, two of them on the England tour of 1949. He made a vital 96, full of wristy square cuts, in just two hours at Headingley, and an unbeaten 54 in the second innings. During his 96 he is supposed to have warned the slips: I'll hole out to one of you jokers before long. He often did, but not that time. After scoring 23 at Lord's, he lost his place to John Reid. Smith had reached his peak the previous season at home when his three Plunket Shield matches for Canterbury included 153 in 163 minutes against Otago and 146, only slightly slower, in Auckland. He was principal of various primary schools in Christchurch. His father Frank and son Geoff also played for Canterbury, making them the province's only three-generation family. Dick Brittenden wrote of him: He was often lucky, if the failure of a startled slips fieldsman to catch a crimson blur soaring overhead can be regarded as luck for the batsman ... Brilliance in stroke production, eagerness to get on with the game, beautiful fielding and a cheerful and engaging personality made Smith one of the most popular players of his day. He would have been remarkable in any generation.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack