Jeff Jones (cricketer)

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For the Essequibo wicket-keeper, see Jeff Jones (Guyanese cricketer).
For the Berkshire fast-bowler, see Jefferson Jones (cricketer).
Jeff Jones
Personal information
Full name Ivor Jeffrey Jones
Born (1941-12-10) 10 December 1941 (age 73)
Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 15 198
Runs scored 38 513
Batting average 4.75 3.97
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 16 21
Balls bowled 3546 30798
Wickets 44 511
Bowling average 40.20 25.98
5 wickets in innings 1 18
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 6/118 8/11
Catches/stumpings 4/– 46/-
Source: [1]

Jeff Jones (born Ivor Jeffrey Jones, 10 December 1941, Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales)[1] is a former Welsh cricketer, who took forty-four wickets in fifteen Tests for England from 1964 to 1968.

Cricket writer, Colin Bateman remarked, "South Wales is hardly renowned for fast bowlers but in 1960 a powerfully built left-armer joined the Glamorgan staff and caused undiluted excitement. Unassuming and popular, Jeff Jones introduced a destructive force into Glamorgan's cricket it had never seen before".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Jones was a left-arm fast bowler who in 1965 took five wickets before conceding a run against Leicestershire at Grace Road, finishing with 8 for 11. The consensus was that there was no faster bowler in county cricket at that time. His wickets did not always come cheaply, as Jones was prone to be erratic at times, but at his best he was a handful for any batsman.[1]

In the 1965-66 Ashes series he was England's top wicket taker, with 15 (at 35.53), taking 6 for 118 in the Fourth Test. He made his highest Test score of 16 in the Third Test, adding 55 for the last wicket with David Allen. His most famous batting moment came in Georgetown, Guyana in 1967-68 when, batting at his usual position at number eleven, he played out the last over of the match bowled by Lance Gibbs, to ensure that England escaped from the match with a draw, to secure a 1-0 series win over the West Indies. This was to be his last Test, and his first-class career also finished in 1968, after an elbow injury ended his time prematurely at the age of 26.[1] He left cricket to find an occupation in brewing.[1]

His son, Simon Jones, a right-arm fast bowler for Glamorgan, also played Test cricket for England.


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 100. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 

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