Peter Smith

Country: England
Born: October 30, 1908, Ipswich, Suffolk
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Died: August 04, 1967, Hyères, France, (aged 58y 278d)

Peter Smith Bio

Thomas Peter Bromley Smith, a cricket player from England, was born on October 2, 1910, and tragically passed away in France on August 4, 1969, due to a brain haemorrhage resulting from a fall while on holiday. Smith had an illustrious career as a professional all-rounder, representing Essex from 1929 to 1951.

Throughout his career, Smith showcased exceptional skills with both bat and ball. With an impressive record of 10,170 runs at an average of 17.98, he proved to be a valuable asset to the Essex team. Moreover, as a bowler, Smith took an astonishing 1,697 wickets, making him the leading wicket-taker in the history of Essex cricket, with an average of 26.63 runs per wicket. He was renowned for his mastery of leg-breaks and googlies, maintaining an impeccable length even when facing challenging situations on the field.

In 1933, Smith’s dream of playing for England against the West Indies was shattered when he arrived at The Oval to discover that he had fallen victim to a hoaxer who had sent him a false telegram. However, thirteen years later, in 1946, he finally earned his well-deserved spot in the national team. Smith made his international debut against India on the Surrey ground and later played in two Tests against Australia and one against New Zealand as a member of W. R. Hammond’s M.C.C. team during the 1946-47 season.

While the M.C.C. tour to Australia may not have brought Smith significant overall success, he achieved a remarkable feat by recording an innings analysis of nine wickets for 121 runs against New South Wales at Sydney – the best by any M.C.C. bowler in Australia. Impressively, Smith also dismissed nine batsmen in an innings on three other occasions: for 97 runs against Middlesex in 1947, for 117 runs against Nottinghamshire in 1948, and for 108 runs against Kent, also in 1948.

The summer of 1947 proved to be an exceptional period for Smith. He not only completed the double, scoring 1,063 runs (average 23.66), but also took a whopping 172 wickets at an average of 27.13. His outstanding performance included a phenomenal knock of 163 runs against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, an innings that remains the highest ever scored by a batsman going in at No. 11 in first-class cricket. During that match, Smith and his partner F. H. Vigar set a record for Essex by putting on a remarkable unbeaten partnership of 218 runs for the last wicket.

Smith’s remarkable achievements in 1947 extended beyond his batting and bowling abilities. His total of 172 wickets that season stands as the highest number of wickets taken by an Essex bowler in a single season, further solidifying his position as one of the legendary figures in the history of Essex cricket.

Thomas Peter Bromley Smith will always be remembered as a dynamic and versatile cricketer who made significant contributions to the sport. His skill both as a batsman and a bowler, as well as his exceptional performances for Essex and England, have etched his name in the annals of cricket history. Despite his untimely passing, his legacy lives on, and his talent continues to inspire future generations of cricketers.

Peter Smith Career Stats

Peter Smith Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 5 0 33 24 6.6 - - 0 0 2 0 1 0
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FC 465 690 125 10142 163 17.95 - - 8 32 - - 345 0
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Peter Smith Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 5 538 319 3 2/172 2/172 106.33 3.55 179.3 0 0 0
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FC 465 - 95007 45058 1697 9/77 - 26.55 2.84 55.9 - 122 28
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