Dave Slasher Smith -  0 not out in 16 overs v Ludlow 15 Sep 2012

Dave refreshes himself after his batting feat

On the very last day of the season St.Georges 4th XI found themselves in some trouble at 68/5, chasing a Ludlow total of 186, when Dragons No. 7 batsman Dave Smith strode purposefully to the crease to try and salvage something from the wreckage of the St.Georges innings. For the next 16 overs he dropped anchor and proceeded to set about the Ludlow bowlers, smashing them for … er … no runs at all.  For a while it looked as though St.Georges might pull off an unlikely victory, as several of the fielding side appeared to be in danger of dying of boredom. However, our other batsmen were unable to emulate Dave’s impeccable technique. Eventually wickets began to tumble at the other end and St.Georges were all out for 123, leaving him stranded on zero.

A waggon wheel analysis of Dave’s record breaking innings

Captain Dom Musgrove said afterwards “It was a disappointing result. I felt it was a match we should have won. I am constantly advising our younger players to bat patiently, get the measure of the bowling, accustom themselves to the pace of the pitch etc. If they had all shown the same application as Dave, I am sure we could have done it.”  A frustrated Dave said “After 16 overs I thought I had taken the sting out of the bowling and felt the time was right to attack, but there was nobody left to block out at the other end.”  Club octogenarians Stan Higgins and Cliff Smithies were consulted and neither could recall a comparable knock within the last sixty or so years of the club’s history. Paul Smart later claimed a 19 over nought not out, but until this can be properly authenticated, the record must be credited to Slasher Smith.