Full name Thomas Alec Jacques
Born February 19, 1905, Cliffe, Yorkshire
Died February 23, 1995, Selby, Yorkshire (aged 90 years 4 days)
Major teams Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|First-class span||1927 - 1936|
JACQUES, THOMAS ALEC, died on February 23, 1995, aged 90. Sandy Jacques was said by Sir Len Hutton to have had the finest fast bowling action he had ever seen but what might have been a famous career was curtailed by injury. Jacques made his debut for Yorkshire in 1927 and after only six matches was taking four for 53 in a Test trial at Lord's. His ability to maintain pace and length for long periods impressed observers and he turned professional, amid high expectations, the following year. But it became clear that his legs could not stand the strain of cricket six days a week; he even tried wearing five pairs of socks to try and lessen the pain. Thereafter, he appeared only intermittently, and devoted himself to League cricket, in which he was a demon, and his farm at Cliffe, near Selby, where he lived all his life. Jacques played 30 first-class matches in all, 28 for Yorkshire, and never finished on the losing side.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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