Mr Brian (BAF) Smith O.B.E, D.L

Leicestershire CCC is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of a club legend, former player, President and Honorary Life Patron, Mr Brian (BAF) Smith O.B.E, D.L.

Mr Smith was the grandson of Mr Frank Smith, who was Chairman of Leicestershire CCC until his death in 1956.

Mr Smith attended Oakham School, where he was an all-round sportsman. He played for the school cricket team for four years from 1951 to 1954 captaining them in his final two years, and he also captained the school hockey and rugby teams.

Remarkably, in his final year all his teams were unbeaten; Rugby (Played 13, Won 12, Drawn 1), Hockey (Played 5, Won 5) and Cricket (Played 15, Won 9, Drawn 6).

Mr Smith was warm and kind, and extremely generous both to Leicestershire CCC and Oakham School.

He has a suite named in his honour at the Trevor Bennett End at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, and was a regular visitor to the ground. It was always a privilege to welcome Mr Smith to the ground and listen to him talk about cricket.

Mr Smith came to the club’s Awards Night at the end of the 2019 season and presented the Frank S Smith Cup in his grandfather’s honour.

A new pavilion was built and named after Mr Smith at Oakham School cricket ground, where Leicestershire CCC has played several first-class fixtures over the years. This was opened in June 2014 by former England captain Mike Gatting O.B.E.

Mr Smith also played 53 matches for Leicester Tigers, making his debut against Cambridge University in the autumn of 1954, and scored 19 tries.

He played for a Leicestershire and Rutland team against the Canadian tourists, and also played for the Second XI and Club and Ground. He was a member of the MCC, Free Foresters, Leicester Ivanhoe and the Leicestershire Gentlemen, often in their annual match against Oakham School.

Mr Smith was President of Leicestershire CCC between 1993 and 2003, a period which included great success on the field. The team won two of its three County Championship titles during that time, and Mr Smith was then named as an Honorary Life Patron of the club.

He was a Director of Kirby and West Ltd, and was involved in the business for over 50 years.

The club’s flag is flying at half-mast as a mark of respect to Mr Smith.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Smith’s family and friends at this extremely sad time.

There is to be a private family cremation, followed by a memorial service at Oakham School Chapel in the New Year.

*Many thanks to Neville Chadwick Photography for providing the photo of Mr Smith.

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