Mike Smith to be Bassetlaw Umpires’ Association guest speaker

M. J. K. Smith the former Warwickshire and England captain is the guest of the Bassetlaw Umpires’ Association at the Saturday, 6th April meeting at Cuckney Cricket Club.

Mike, as he is popularly known, was the last double international at two major sports, Rugby Union and cricket.

He was educated at Stamford School and St Edmunds Hall, Oxford. One piece of history he created was that he was the only person to score three consecutive centuries in the Varsity matches against Cambridge.

He played at fly half for Oxford University, Leicester and England and was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket in 1976.

Mike started his cricketing career with Leicestershire, but received an offer to captain Warwickshire and was appointed there in 1957.

He was capped by both Leicester (1955) and Warwickshire in 1957. He was also Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1960.

In 50 test appearances for England he was captain on 25 occasions. He scored 2,278 runs at an average of 31.63 with an highest score of 121.

In first class cricket Smith totalled a massive 39,832 runs at an average of 41.84.

His highest score was 204 and he scored 69 centuries and 242 fifties.

He was also a brilliant close to the wicket fielder and held 595 catches standing close to the wicket on the leg side (before they had helmets).

He was chairman of Warwickshire from 1991 to 2003 and was an ICC match referee 1991 to 1996. The meeting starts at 2.30pm and everyone is welcome.