Jack van Geloven

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Jack van Geloven
Personal information
Full name Jack van Geloven
Born (1934-01-04)4 January 1934
Guiseley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died 21 August 2003(2003-08-21) (aged 69)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm medium-pace
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 247 3
Runs scored 7,522 86
Batting average 19.43 43.00
100s/50s 5/29 –/1
Top score 157* 60*
Balls bowled 31583 161
Wickets 486 1
Bowling average 28.62 140.00
5 wickets in innings 14
10 wickets in match 1 n/a
Best bowling 7-56 1-63
Catches/stumpings 137/– –/–

Jack van Geloven (4 January 1934 – 21 August 2003) was an English first-class cricketer, who played three matches for Yorkshire in 1955,[1] and then joined Leicestershire on special registration for the 1956 season. He was a regular in the Leicestershire side for ten seasons and won his county cap in 1959.

He was born in Guiseley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, where his name was registered as Jack Geloven.


A solid right-handed middle-order batsman and canny medium-paced bowler, van Geloven played 247 first-class matches, scoring 7,522 runs at 19.43, taking 486 wickets at 28.62 with the ball and holding 137 catches. Throughout his time with Leicestershire, the side was among the weakest in the County Championship, and van Geloven's consistency made him more valuable than his figures might appear. He completed 1,000 runs in a season three times, with a best of 1,324 runs in 1959. But his best season overall was 1962, when he scored 1,055 runs and took exactly 100 wickets for his first, and only double. He completed the feat by taking the tenth wicket in the second innings of the last match of the season. He was the most recent Leicestershire player to achieve this feat.

Later years[edit]

After 1962, van Geloven's batting declined, and he left first-class cricket after the 1965 season. He then played for Northumberland in Minor Counties cricket until 1973, and, from 1977 to 1983, he served as a first-class umpire.

Van Geloven died in August 2003, in Edinburgh, Scotland.


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 380. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 

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