Dave Langford-Smith

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Dave Langford-Smith
Personal information
Full name David Langford-Smith
Born (1976-12-07) 7 December 1976 (age 37)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 6) 13 June 2006 v England
Last ODI 22 March 2008 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Ireland
Career statistics
Competition ODIs FC LA
Matches 22 7 33
Runs scored 142 22 269
Batting average 15.77 11.00 17.93
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 31* 15 39
Balls bowled 942 881 1,323
Wickets 25 22 34
Bowling average 31.88 20.31 36.29
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/32 5/45 3/32
Catches/stumpings 5/– 4/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2008

David "Dave" Langford-Smith (born 1976) is an Australian-born Irish cricketer who, on 13 June 2006, became the first man to take a wicket in a One Day International for Ireland, when he dismissed Ed Joyce (a former Ireland cricketer making his debut for England) at Belfast.[1] A right-handed batsman and right arm fast-medium bowler,[2] he has played 34 times for the Ireland cricket team as of 10 June 2007.[3] Dave also plays for, Phoenix Cricket club /, where he is a strong player and is the head coach of all teams. He has Played for Phoenix for several years.

Cricket career[edit]

born 7 December 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales,[2] Langford-Smith's first two Ireland matches were played in June 2005, but he was playing against Ireland for the MCC as Ireland warmed up for the 2005 ICC Trophy.[4] He made his debut for Ireland proper on 23 April 2006, playing against Hampshire[3] in a C&G Trophy match.[5]

He continued playing in the C&G Trophy that year,[5] and made his first-class debut on 17 May 2006 in an 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia.[6] This was followed by a C&G Trophy match against Middlesex at Lord's[5] and the aforementioned ODI against England in Belfast, which was his[7] and Ireland's first One-Day International.[8]

Langford-Smith then played in the 2006 European Championship in Scotland in August,[9] playing against Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland. This was followed by a match against the MCC at Lord's[3] and an Intercontinental Cup match against Scotland in Aberdeen.[6]

Langford-Smith's next matches for Ireland were in Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi in early 2007,[3] playing in ODIs against Scotland, Kenya, Canada and the Netherlands.[7] He then played in an Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE in Abu Dhabi[6] before heading to the West Indies to take part in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[7]

He played in all nine of Ireland's matches in the 2007 World Cup, taking seven wickets,[10] and has continued in the Irish side since, playing in the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy[5] and in the final of the Intercontinental Cup against Canada.[6] This is his most recent game for Ireland at the time of writing.[3] He was not named in Ireland's squad for their ODIs against India and South Africa in June 2007 due to injury,[11] though he turned out for his club, Phoenix Cricket Club, the day after the squad was announced.[12]

Statistics[edit]

In all matches for Ireland, Langford-Smith has scored 246 runs at an average of 15.38 with a top score of 39 against Somerset in May 2007,[3] also his highest List A score.[2] He has taken 48 wickets at an average of 28.35, with best innings bowling figures of 5/65 against Scotland in August 2006,[3] also his best first-class bowling performance[2] and the only time he has taken five wickets in an innings for Ireland.[3] His highest first-class score with the bat is six not out, and his best List A bowling performance is 3/32. That List A bowling performance is his best ODI bowling performance,[2] against Scotland.[13]

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