Jim Smith      

Full name Cedric Ivan James Smith

Born August 25, 1906, Corsham, Wiltshire

Died February 8, 1979, Mellor, Lancashire (aged 72 years 167 days)

Major teams England, Middlesex, Wiltshire

Also known as Big Jim Smith

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Height 6 ft 3 in

Relation Brother - WA Smith

Cedric Ivan James Smith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 10 0 102 27 10.20 0 0 5 1 0
First-class 208 304 31 4007 101* 14.67 1 15 98 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 9 930 393 15 5/16 6/173 26.20 2.53 62.0 1 1 0
First-class 208 43058 16271 845 8/102 19.25 2.26 50.9 47 8
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 8-10, 1935 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 24-27, 1937 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1930 - 1939

Cedric Ivan James Smith, known universally as Big Jim Smith, died at his home near Blackburn on February 8, aged 72. Born at Corsham, he played for Wiltshire from 1926 until 1933, but, having been on the staff of Lord's since 1926, came to the notice of the Middlesex authorities, who persuaded him to qualify for them. To the general public he was at that time unknown and his first season, 1934, was a triumph. With 172 wickets at an average of 18.88, he came sixth in the first-class bowling averages and played for the Players at Lord's. That winter he was a member of the MCC side to the West Indies, a great honour for a player with so little first-class experience. He played in all the Tests on this tour and gave some sensational displays of hitting. His only other Test match was against New Zealand at Old Trafford in 1937. He continued as a very valuable member of the Middlesex side until 1939, and in his six seasons for the county he took 676 wickets at 17.75. Standing six feet four inches and immensely strong, he had the cardinal virtue of bowling at the stumps and revelled in long spells of bowling.

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May 28, 2001

Big Jim Smith (Middlesex and England)

Big Jim Smith (Middlesex and England)

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Jim Smith in retirement, 1976

Jim Smith in retirement

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Jim Smith, Arthur Wellard and Alan Watt in a discussion, 1955

Jim Smith, Arthur Wellard and Alan Watt in a discussion

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1935