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Razor Smith (William Charles Smith; born October 4, 1877, Oxford, Oxfordshire; died July 15, 1946, Bermondsey, London) was a Surrey slow bowler. Nicknamed "Razor" because of his extreme thinness, Smith was generally prone to serious injury and could rarely get through a full season's cricket, but when sound, could command the sharpest off-break among bowlers of his day. He was also able to bowl a somewhat faster ball with a very high flight that turned a little from leg and, with any help from the pitch, would get up almost straight. October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 1877 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from Latin Oxonia) is a county in South East England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. ... July 15 is the 196th day (197th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 169 days remaining. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Bermondsey is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... A bowler in the sport of cricket is usually a player whose speciality is bowling. ...


This combination meant that when wickets were treacherous Smith generally proved deadly, but in less favourable conditions he was rarely effective and his slight build meant he was unsuited to large amounts of work as a "stock" bowler even though he had the extreme accuracy required. Consequently, he never came into consideration for Test selection, though he showed great ability on many occasions against the very best batting sides. Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket. ...


Smith was discovered by the great W.G. Grace in the late 1890s and recommended immediately to Surrey, where he had already taken up residence. He took 5 for 50 against a weak Derbyshire side on his County Championship debut in 1900, but played little first-class cricket until 1904. He proved unplayable on wet wickets early in the season, but did nothing when the weather turned dry and was quickly dropped until the last two games. Still, Smith was third in the first-class averages in his first full season. In 1905, he first came to the public eye with a surprising performance against the Australians on a dry pitch at the Oval, in which his fine off-break made him for a time irresistible, and an amazing 7 for 11 against Northamptonshire on a really sticky pitch. In the UK, County cricket is the domestic form of the sport of cricket that is considered to be first-class cricket. ... For the shape, see oval The Oval is a cricket ground in Kennington, London. ...


Between 1906 and 1908, Smith was in and out of the Surrey team, but he still headed the averages in 1908 with 58 wickets for just over 14 each. However, it was in 1909 that "Razor" became one of the leading bowlers of the day - despite injuries again keeping him out of many games. He took 95 wickets for under 13 runs each in a wet summer, and his dismissal of Yorkshire for 26 (http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/f/7/f7592.html) caused a sensation. However, it was in 1910 that he reached fame: his 247 wickets was 72 ahead of his mearest rival and cost only fractionally more than in 1909. With many soft wickets, Smith was frequently unplayable, and the amount of work he got through seemed to shatter thoughts his body was fragile. In 1911, despite most pitches being totally unhelpful in an exceptionally dry summer, Smith seized his few chances so well that he was second highest wicket-taker in the country with 160.


1912 was a wet summer that suited Smith's bowling, yet prior to the last three games he had been so out of form - bowling when clearly unfit - that he had the poor record of 69 wickets at 21.43 each. Deadly bowling in the last three games improved his record, yet he was a complete failure (aside from his onyl first-class century at No.11) on an MCC tour of the West Indies. 1913 was basically a repeat of 1912 - "Razor" came into form only at the tail end of the season - and in 1914 Smith could rarely play due to injuries continuing to recur. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was the original governing body of international cricket. ...


After World War I, it was clear "Razor"'s body would not allow him to play more cricket, and he spent the rest of his life working for the bat firm Surridge's. Smith worked there right up until his death from heart failure in 1946. Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... A bat is a flying mammal. ...


External links

First-class bowling in each season (http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/32/32896/f_Bowling_by_Season.html)


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Razor Smith (William Charles Smith; born October 4, 1877, Oxford, Oxfordshire; died July 15, 1946, Bermondsey, London) was a Surrey slow bowler.
Nicknamed "Razor" because of his extreme thinness, Smith was generally prone to serious injury and could rarely get through a full season's cricket, but when sound, could command the sharpest off-break among bowlers of his day.
Smith was discovered by the great W.G. Grace in the late 1890s and recommended immediately to Surrey, where he had already taken up residence.
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