Full Name

O'Neil Gordon Smith

Born

May 05, 1933, Boys Town, Kingston, Jamaica

Died

September 09, 1959, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, (aged 26y 127d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Education

St. Alban's School; Kingston College

TEAMS

O'Neill Gordon Smith, who died in hospital following injuries received in a motor-car accident, took part in 26 Test matches between 1955 and 1959, scoring 1,331 runs, including four centuries. His death came as a heavy blow to the West Indies, for much had been hoped from him against Peter May's MCC team last winter

Smith's interest in cricket began at the age of seven and, such was his rapid advance, he gained a place in the team at St. Alban's School, Jamaica, when nine and became captain inside three years. Later at Kingston College he progressed still further, but not till 1955 did he first appear for Jamaica. This was against the visiting Australians and he gave full evidence of his quality by playing an innings of 169, he and AP Binns putting on 277 for the sixth wicket. That performance earned him a place in the opening Test match and, by hitting 104 in the second innings, he joined the list of men who obtained a century on Test debut. His success in three other Tests in the series was limited - indeed, he was dismissed for 0 and 0 in the second - but, with characteristic cheerfulness, he did not allow setbacks to deter him and from 1956, when he toured New Zealand, his place in the team was firmly established.

He learned to curb his natural desire to hit at practically every ball, though he never lost his punishing powers, and in England in 1957 he took 161 in the Edgbaston Test, becoming the only batsman to register a century on first appearance against both Australia and England. In the third meeting with England at Trent Bridge he made his highest Test score, 168, doing much to rescue the West Indies from what had seemed a hopeless position. "Collie" Smith was also a useful off-break bowler, having turned from pace to spin after watching Jim Laker during the MCC tour of 1948. During the summers of 1958 and 1959 he achieved marked all-round success as professional to Burnley in the Lancashire League.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
Test26420133116831.694690
FC7011212403116940.311020390
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test263744311625485/908/18433.852.2092.30210
FC70942337541215/6331.0277.8020
Collie Smith
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Photos


O'Neill Gordon Smith's tombstone
Alf Valentine (left) and Collie Smith
Collie Smith drives
Collie Smith poses in his follow-through
Collie Smith