The Kingston Hawthorn CC community mourns the passing of former Captain John Phillips Smith who sadly passed on 10 February, 2020 aged 83.
John Smith was a right-arm fast medium bowler. He played 113 First XI matches with H-EM. He was captain when the Club defeated South Melbourne in the 1962-63 Final. This was the only First XI premiership he played in. In 1976 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of H-EM and was named in the Hawthorn Team of the Century, in 2000.
John played one first-class cricket match for Victoria, against the touring South Africans, in January 1964. In the first innings, he took a very creditable 4 for 76 from eighteen overs. He was one of at least a dozen H-EM players to represent Victoria, during his time with the Club.
In District Cricket, John’ best figures were 9 for 32 against Footscray in November 1958. He won the Club bowling twice and took five wickets in an innings on 14 occasions. He captained the H-EMCC First XI for four seasons. The Clubs First XI bowling award is named in his honour.
John’s working career – he was a pharmacist – severely impacted on his cricket career and he retired from the HE-M First XI after the 1964-65 season. He came out of retirement, for one last match, in March 1968 He was, for some time, a member of the H-EMCC committee.