Rupert de Smidt
Rupert de Smidt (23 November 1883 – 3 August 1986) was a South African cricketer who played first-class cricket for Western Province and is the third oldest of sixteen first-class cricketers known to have surpassed 100 years of age.
Born in Cape Town, de Smidt played four matches for Western Province during the 1912/13 season. A leg break bowler he took 16 wickets at an average of 18.00, finishing his only first-class season as Western Province leading wicket-taker. His best bowling figures of 4/40 (4 wickets for 40 runs) came on his debut against Transvaal and followed him taking 4/65 in the first innings.
De Smidt died aged 102 years 253 days, a national record, in Cape Town. His Wisden obituary stated he 'was believed to be the oldest first-class cricketer'. The record passed to Jim Hutchinson in August 1999.
- The first Australian cricketer to achieve century, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- First-Class Matches played by Rupert de Smidt, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- His Wisden obituary records him as a fast bowler, however CricketArchvie and Cricinfo both have him as a leg break bowler
- Currie Cup 1912/13 - Bowling for Western Province, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- Western Province v Transvaal, Currie Cup 1912/13, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- Western Province v Orange Free State, Currie Cup 1912/13, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- Obituaries, 1986, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Retrieved on 24 January 2009
- Cricket Diary: Hutchinson extends age limit, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 24 January 2009