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Vale Neil Smyth
Date of Event : Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:39PM
Neil Smyth - 6 June 1928 to 14 August 2017

It is with sadness that we note the passing of one of our club greats, a member of the True Blues Hall of Fame, and wicket keeper in the 1954/55 Premiership team.

 

Neil Smyth had a long career at Prahran spanning 10 seasons between 1951/52 and 1960/61. As a left-hand batsman and wicket keeper Neil played in an era where the True Blues were a force to be reckoned with. He accumulated 1162 runs as a lower order batsman but it will be for his keeping that Neil will be remembered for.

 

Team mates included former 'Invincible' Sam Loxton and fellow Hall of Famers Val Holten, Colin Hyland, Don Mathieson, Ivan Porter, Don Townsend, Bruce Murray, John Power, Bruce Bedwell and John Malligan.

 

Neil would have been disappointed with his duck in the 1954/55 Premiership Final against Hawthorn-East Melbourne, a match in which Sam Loxton dominated with 7/115 with the ball and 129 with the bat.

 

For some considerable time Neil held the club record for most keeping dismissals, finishing his career on 229, comprising 188 catches and 41 stumpings. He is still third on the all-time list behind Kyle Malligan (291) and Sam Coates (343).

 

Prior to joining Prahran Neil played four seasons with Melbourne from 1947/48 to 1950/51 where he accumulated another 44 dismissals.

 

Neil also represented Victoria, playing three matches between 1951/52 and 1953/54 where he picked up 95 runs and 6 dismissals. He played a number of Victoria 2XI matches in the years following his First Class appearances.

 

Neil loved his cricket and could still be seen at True Blues matches as recently as February this year when he watched a fascinating draw at the Albert Ground between his two forms clubs.

 

Vale Neil, a true True Blue, we wish you well.

 

Neil Smyth Premier Cricket Career Record

 PeriodMatches Innings Not outs HS Runs Avge  Catches Stumpings Total Dismissals

 Prahran

1951/52 - 1960/61

 126119 28 691162 12.76 188 41 229 

 Melbourne

1947/48 - 1950/51

 1414 22 102 11.33 33 11 44 
  140133 33 691264  12.64221 52 273 

 

Neil (on right) is pictured at Toorak Park with fellow keepers Kyle Malligan (left) and Sam Coates on the occasion of Sam passing the 300 dismissal mark for Prahran.


Last updated: Wednesday August 23, 2017 9:28PM
Author: Nigel Hutton
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