27th September 1972, Aberdeen, Scotland
Scotland v Surrey, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, 23rd June 1999
Colin “Floppy” Smith is a product of the Scottish Colts system, having played for Scotland Under 19s in 1991 & 1992. Entry to the Scotland side was delayed until 1999 due to the fine performances of Alec Davies, but Colin took his chance well when given the opportunity, making 23, 31, 34, 54 & 32 in his first five appearances. More importantly, he displayed the degree of wicket-keeping excellence which would make him a first choice for 182 games over the next ten years.
Unusually tall for a wicket-keeper, but superbly athletic, Colin’s performances behind the stumps were always superb. He finished his Scotland career with no less than 206 catches and 55 stumpings, by some way a record. All of this was achieved against a background of frequent back pain. The ice-baths in the Scottish changing room were, fortunately for the other players, nearly always a form of torture for Colin to keep him fit enough to play.
Smith scored his maiden ODI half-century against Australia in Scotland’s opening game of the 2007 world cup and his greatest batting performances occurred during the 2001 ICC Trophy in Toronto, While the team as a whole failed to live up to their aspirations, Colin was easily the Scottish player of the tournament with scores of 68, 64, 45 & 88 in successive games.