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Jack Smart      

Full name John Abbotts Smart

Born April 12, 1891, Forest Hill, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Died October 3, 1979, Bulkington, Nuneaton, Warwickshire (aged 88 years 174 days)

Major teams Warwickshire

Also known as death registered as Jack Abbott Smart

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Umpire

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 238 340 43 3425 68* 11.53 0 9 317 107
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 238 2228 1262 22 2/13 57.36 3.39 101.2 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1919 - 1936
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 22-25, 1946 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-20, 1947 scorecard
Test matches 4
Test statistics

John Abbotts Smart, who died on October 3 at Bulkington, Nuneaton, aged 88, played occasionally as an allrounder for Warwickshire from 1919 to 1930 and then became first-choice wicketkeeper until 1936. In 238 matches for the county he scored 3425 runs (av. 11.53), took 22 wickets, held 77 catches in the field and as wicketkeeper caught 317 and stumped 105. In 1932 his 79 victims constituted a county record which still stands. The son of a Wiltshire professional, Smart worked as a miner before taking up county cricket. His brother Cyril played for Warwickshire and Glamorgan and two other brothers were club professionals in Wales. In recent years his steady gait and gnarled walking-stick had been familiar sights at Edgbaston, where he was often seen with Norman Kilner and Tiger' Smith. Sadly all three died within a few months of each other. Failing health prevented any visits to Edgbaston in 1979 but Jack Smart was able to attend the Warwickshire-Hants match at Nuneaton in late July. An interesting story surrounds Smart's age. For many years Wisden gave 1894 as his year. of birth but in 1972 he revealed that he had in fact been born in 1891. He said that knocking a few years off one's age was common practice years ago to give a better chance of being engaged by a county. The most extreme case known is that of a former Worcestershire bowler who reduced his age by seven years when joining the county.
Wisden Cricket Monthly