|Full name||James Coupe Shaw|
11 April 1836|
Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
|Died||7 March 1888
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Bowling||Left-arm round arm fast bowler|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||26 June 1865 Nottinghamshire v Surrey|
|Last First-class||14 June 1875 Nottinghamshire v Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)|
Source: , 22 February 2011
James Coupe (Jem) Shaw (11 April 1836 – 7 March 1888) was an English professional cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire from 1865 to 1875 making 115 appearances. According to WG Grace, few bowlers had a better record.
Shaw was born at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. He joined Nottinghamshire in 1865 and played every consecutive Notts game over a ten-year period. He also made numerous appearances in representative teams such as the Players in the Gentlemen v Players series, the North of England cricket team and the All-England Eleven. He played against W G Grace many times and had some successes, including twice dismissing him for nought in 1871. Grace said after the second of these that he "would pay particular attention to J C Shaw". In the next innings, Grace scored a double-century. Shaw's comment afterwards was famous for its ruefulness and it has often been quoted: "I puts the ball where I likes and he puts it where he likes".
Shaw was a left-arm round arm fast bowler and took 642 first-class wickets at an average of 14.41 and a best performance of 9 for 86. WG Grace noted that he had a high-delivery that was sometimes difficult to play, and brought his arm from behind with a very quick action making it difficult to see. Shaw still has the best ever bowling figures for Nottinghamshire, taking 10 wickets for 20 runs in a match against an England XI in 1870 He was a right-hand batsman and played 176 innings in 115 matches with an average of 4.24 and a top score of 18 not out. Grace described him as a very poor bat - in fact Shaw did not reach double figures until his seventy-second first-class innings, setting a record since equalled only by Eric Hollies for consecutive single-figure innings. Indeed, for Nottinghamshire Shaw reached double figures only once in 109 visits to the crease.
Shaw died at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, at the age of 51.
- Jem Shaw at CricketArchive (subscription required)
- Simon Rae, W G Grace: A Life, Faber & Faber, 1998