Jem Shaw

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James Shaw
Personal information
Full name James Coupe Shaw
Born (1836-04-11)11 April 1836
Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Died 7 March 1888(1888-03-07) (aged 51)
Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
Nickname Jem
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling Left-arm round arm fast bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1865-1875 Nottinghamshire
First-class debut 26 June 1865 Nottinghamshire v Surrey
Last First-class 14 June 1875 Nottinghamshire v Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 115
Runs scored 467
Batting average 4.24
100s/50s /
Top score 18*
Balls bowled 27321
Wickets 642
Bowling average 14,41
5 wickets in innings 59
10 wickets in match 18
Best bowling 9-86
Catches/stumpings 62/-
Source: [1], 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".[1]

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.[2] 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[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.


  1. ^ Rae, p.97.
  2. ^ WG Grace Cricket
  3. ^ Ashfield District Council:Sutton in Ashfield
  4. ^ CricketArchive. Retrieved on 12 July 2010.
  5. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 317. Published 1951 by Playfair Books.

External links[edit]

  • Jem Shaw at CricketArchive (subscription required)


  • Simon Rae, W G Grace: A Life, Faber & Faber, 1998