Ian Smith Memorial match held by Flamstead

SUNDAY afternoon saw the inaugural Ian Smith Memorial Match between Flamstead and a guest team from St John’s Wood.

Ian Smith was a Kiwi who made a big impression when he played and kept wicket for Flamstead over several years as the club’s first XI began to work their way up the divisions of the Saracens Herts League.

He was at one time the highest scorer in the club’s long history (157 not out v Bentley Heath in 2002) and, among his many legacies, was a mentor and inspiration to the present first XI captain, David Oswin.

Last summer, having returned to his native New Zealand, Ian tragically died in Auckland Hospital following a cardiac arrest, aged just 44.

This memorial match will be an annual contest in Ian’s memory and it was fitting that in this, the inaugural game, two Kiwis shared an unbeaten 100-run stand to win the game for St John’s.

Matt Brown top-scored for Flamstead on 76 for a 40-over total of 177-6.