Full name Maurice Frederick Stewart Jewell
Born September 15, 1885, Iquique, Chile
Died May 28, 1978, Whiteleaf, Buckinghamshire (aged 92 years 255 days)
Major teams HK Foster's XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Sussex, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class span||1909 - 1933|
JEWELL, MAURICE FREDERICK STEWART, CBE, who died on May 28, aged 92, did notable work for Worcestershire cricket. Those whose memories start in 1946 or later have no conception how much some counties at the bottom of the championship before 1914 and between the wars owed to certain amateurs, often only moderate players who could never have kept a place in a good county side, but who year after year gave up their summer to keeping their county going, captaining it themselves and somehow collecting an eleven for each match, being rewarded at the end with perhaps two or three wins, perhaps less. It was due largely to the devoted labours of such as these that no first-class county ever had to pack up, though some in those days came pretty near it. In this category Jewell stood high. Far his best summer personally was 1926 when he was 41 and made 920 runs with an average of 27.05, including the only two centuries of his career, oddly enough one in each match against Hampshire. A better indication of his status is given by the figures for his full career of twenty-four years - 4,014 runs, average 18.37 and 104 wickets at 33.15. He was a batsman disposed to attack, but with a fair defence, and a useful slow left-hand change bowler. Another indication of the services he rendered is that he was captain of the side in 1920-21, 1926 and 1928-29- in other words he was prepared to step into the breach when no one else would. A shrewd captain and a disciplinarian, he was also tireless in raising money for the club during the winter. Later he was President from 1950 to 1955 and had been a Life Member since 1956. He had a curious career. Born in Chile, he played for Worcestershire first in 1909. In 1911 he played a few matches for Surrey II and in 1914 and 1919 for Sussex. In 1919 he also played for Worcestershire, who did not that year enter for the championship, and thus provides one of the few instances in modern times of a man representing two counties in one season. He continued to play for Worcestershire till 1933 and in his last innings scored 55 v Oxford University. Two brothers of his attained some distinction - A.N. played for Worcestershire and the Orange Free State and kept for the Gentlemen at the Oval in 1920; J.E. played for Surrey II and the Orange Free State and his son, J.M.H., played for Worcestershire in 1939. Maurice Jewell himself and W. H.Taylor, who preceded him as captain of the county side, married sisters.
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