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Neil Smith      

Full name Neil Smith

Born April 1, 1949, Ossett, Yorkshire

Died March 3, 2003, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England (aged 53 years 336 days)

Major teams Cheshire, Essex, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 187 239 53 3336 126 17.93 2 8 395 51
List A 171 107 26 851 61 10.50 0 2 124 23
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 187 - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 171 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1970 - 1981
List A span 1970 - 1989
Profile

Neil Smith died of cancer on March 3, 2003, aged 53. Smith served a fouryear apprenticeship as Yorkshire's Second Eleven wicket-keeper and seemed the natural successor to the long-serving Jimmy Binks in 1970 but, after a shaky start, was usurped in mid-season by 18-year-old David Bairstow, who took his A-Levels at 7 a.m. so he could play. Bairstow established himself, and Smith moved to Essex to succeed Brian Taylor in 1973 and spent the next eight years as a stalwart of that famously perky dressing-room. Technically, many thought him a better gloveman than Bairstow, but he was on the large side, and irritated Graham Gooch by eating a lot and getting larger. This helped his often beefy batting, which had minimal backlift but considerable power: Essex occasionally used him as a pinchhitter long before the term was ever used. In 1981, he lost form and was again ousted in mid-season, this time by David East. Smith captained the second team for a season then went back north to go into business.
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