Born at Enfield, Middlesex in 1942 and schooled at Enfield Grammar, Mike Smith was a sound right-handed opening batsman and slow left-arm bowler. He represented Middlesex 399 times between 1959 and 1980 whilst accumulating 18,575 runs (av. 31.64) with 37 centuries including a highest score of 181 versus Lancashire at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1967. He took 57 wickets (av. 32.73) with a best performance of 4 for 13 versus Gloucestershire at Lord's in 1961 and he held 210 catches. He hit 1,000 runs in a season eleven times with a best of 1,705 (av. 39.65) in 1970. He toured abroad four times with Derrick Robins XI to South Africa in 1972/73 and 1973/74, West Indies in 1974/75 and Sri Lanka in 1977/78. He played for England in One-Day Internationals against West Indies in 1976. In 1994 he took over from Harry Sharp as county scorer, a position he held until his death in 2004.