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Gilbert Jessop      

Full name Gilbert Laird Jessop

Born May 19, 1874, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Died May 11, 1955, Fordington, Dorset (aged 80 years 357 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Gloucestershire, London County

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Height 5 ft 7 in

Relation Brother - OWT Jessop, Son - GLO Jessop

Gilbert Laird Jessop
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 18 26 0 569 104 21.88 1 3 3 11 0
First-class 493 855 37 26698 286 32.63 53 127 463 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 18 14 732 354 10 4/68 4/91 35.40 2.90 73.2 1 0 0
First-class 493 42442 19904 873 8/29 22.79 2.81 48.6 41 4
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 15-17, 1899 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 8-10, 1912 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1894-1914
Profile

The "Croucher" (so named for his somewhat odd stance) was one of the most exciting players of his, or any era. A fast bowler good enough to be selected for England purely in this role, a superlative cover fielder, Jessop is best remembered for his thrilling batsmanship. To quote HS Altham "no cricketer that has ever lived hit the ball so often, so fast and with such a bewildering variety of strokes". By no means a big man at 5'7" and 11 stone, he was a powerful driver, fierce cutter and hooker, but could also play delicate late cuts and glances. In his best innings he scored at rates of close to 100 runs/hour. He debuted for his native county, Gloucestershire at the age of 20, and arrived at the wicket to save a hat trick by striking his first delivery in county cricket for 4. His great innings included 286 in less than 3 hours, 157 runs in an hour against the West Indian team of 1900, and famously, the century that won the Oval Test of 1902. Going in with England 48/5 he made 104 out of 139 in 75 minutes, taking England to an improbable victory. Originally a fast bowler, he strained his back when overbowled in his first Test match in 1899, and afterwards was less effective. As a fielder, the power and accuracy of his returns from cover combined with fleetness of foot made him the undisputed master of that position prior to the Great War. Named after WG Grace, he eventually followed him as captain of Gloucestershire, and later club secretary. Originally a school teacher, Jessop married an Australian met on the boat returning from the 1901-2 tour (his son later played for Hampshire), and in later years moved to London where he wrote and was secretary to a golf club. Due to poor health he retired young, but lived to over 80.
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Gilbert Jessop

Gilbert Jessop

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1974

Gilbert Jessop

Gilbert Jessop

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1974

Gilbert Jessop lofts Hugh Trumble into the pavilion during his hundred at The Oval against Australia in 1902. The sketches, by S.T. Dadd, appeared in <I>The Daily Graphic</I>

Gilbert Jessop lofts Hugh Trumble into the pavilion

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898

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