Cyril Smart

Cyril Smart. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Cyril Smart played for Glamorgan between 1927 and 1946, during which time he was famed as one of the biggest hitting batsmen in county cricket.

One of his explosive innings was against Hampshire at the Arms Park during 1935 when he  created a world record by hitting Gerry Hill for 32 in an over. Cyril went  6, 6, 4, 6, 6 and 4, each from authentic strokes, cleanly hit in an arc from straight to deep square leg, with his second four just inches short of crossing the boundary for a fifth six.

Earlier in the season, Cyril had also made an unbeaten 114 against the touring South Africans, and shared a partnership of 131 with debutant Wilf Hughes which not only created a club record for the tenth wicket, but also helped to save Glamorgan from defeat. Near the end of the game, Smart celebrated his hundred by lofting a ball out of the Arms Park, and straight through a  plate glass window in the foyer of a hotel in the adjoining Westgate Street.

Cyril had initially played for Warwickshire from 1920 until 1922, before joining Briton Ferry Town CC as their professional and qualifying for Glamorgan. He had made his debut for the Welsh county during 1927, and played his final game in 1946, before retiring after taking a well-deserved Benefit.

SMART, Cyril Cecil     

Born – Lacock, Wiltshire, 23rd July 1898. 

Died – Abertillery, 21st May 1975.           

Best performances for Glamorgan:

In first-class cricket – 151* v Sussex at Hastings, 1935; 5/39 v Somerset at Weston-super-Mare, 1939.

Cyril Smart’s career batting record for Glamorgan
Cyril Smart’s career bowling record for Glamorgan.