Full name Gilbert Laird Osborne Jessop
Born September 6, 1906, Kensington, London
Died January 16, 1990, Lambeth, London (aged 83 years 132 days)
Major teams Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Hampshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Weymouth College; Cambridge University
|First-class span||1929 - 1933|
The Revd Gilbert Jessop was not in the least inhibited by his father's reputation, and became a competent cricketer in his own right at Minor County and good club level. He was educated at Weymouth College, where he played a prominent part in the XI from 1922 to 1924, taking 97 wickets with his off-spin. His batting promised much in 1923, when he made a century and finished third in the averages, but went into sharp decline during the wet summer of 1924, his robust methods being ill suited to the many sodden pitches he must have encountered. After leaving school in the year before going up to Cambridge, he seems to have worked on his batting; we find him in May 1926 making 157 and performing the hat-trick in a club match. In 1927 he showed excellent form in the Freshmen's match at Cambridge, making 57 and 47 not out. Wisden was fulsome in its praise: No one appeared to better advantage than Jessop who displayed a refreshing vigour in the first innings, and in the second, if lucky in some of his hits, again batted with confidence and power. On the strength of this, he was selected for a further trial but failed in both innings. He made his first-class début for MCC against Wales at Lord's in 1929, scoring a useful 29 in the second innings before falling to Sydney Barnes, who had match figures of 7 for 99 in 75 overs at the age of 56. Jessop played in three first-class matches for Hampshire in 1933, two in the Championship and the other against the West Indians at Southampton, in which he made 25 in the second inning facing a hostile Martindale. By now he had completed his theological studies and taken Orders. In 1936 he turned out for Cambridgeshire with considerable success; and in 1939 he did even better in his first season for Dorset, averaging 37 with the bat and taking 21 wickets at 11.19 apiece. He was to enjoy a number of successful seasons after the war. In his four first-class matches, Jessop made 86 runs for an average of 12.28, while his one wicket was that of James Langridge.
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