Arthur Jones      

Full name Arthur Owen Jones

Born August 16, 1872, Shelton, Nottinghamshire

Died December 21, 1914, Lanark House, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (aged 42 years 127 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, London County, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Arthur Owen Jones
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 12 21 0 291 34 13.85 0 0 0 15 0
First-class 472 774 47 22935 296 31.54 34 117 580 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 12 4 228 133 3 3/73 3/116 44.33 3.50 76.0 0 0 0
First-class 472 18116 10928 333 8/71 32.81 3.61 54.4 8 1
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-16, 1899 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 14-16, 1909 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1892 - 1914

Arthur Owen Jones died on December 21, at his brother's house at Dunstable. He played in a few matches for Notts at the beginning of the past season, but his condition was very bad, and his friends knew he would not be able to go on for long. During the summer he spent some time at a sanatorium in the New Forest, but nothing could be done for him, consumption being too far advanced. He went home, given up as incurable, and the end came as a release from his sufferings. Born on August 16, 1872, Mr. Jones played his first match for Notts against Lancashire at Trent Bridge in 1892. Helping Notts to a victory by six wickets, he at once gave proof of his brilliant qualities as a cricketer. The match was a remarkable one. Notts--a great side that season--had 222 to get to win. As he had made 17 not out in the first innings, Jones was selected to go in with Shrewsbury, and between them the two batsmen scored 75 for the first wicket, putting their side on the high road to victory. They might have done more, but a brilliant run out ended the partnership. Jones was then up at Cambridge, but he only played once against Oxford at Lord's, being on the winning side in 1893. He was rather slow to develop as a batsman, his full powers being, perhaps, first revealed in a superb innings of 98 in the Whit-Monday match between Notts and Surrey in 1896. Richard Daft said of that innings that he had never seen anyone play Tom Richardson so well. Jones's great days began three years later, and from 1899 to 1907 he was, except in one season, at his very best. In the winter of 1907-8, when in Australia as a captain of the M. C. C.'s team, he had a severe illness, from the effects of which he perhaps never wholly recovered. However, he was able to resume his career in England in 1908, and continued to play as much cricket as ever. Early in the season of 1913 he contracted a violent chill, playing on a bitterly cold afternoon at Manchester. This kept him out of the field for more than two months, and no doubt brought on the illness which ended in his premature death.

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Oct 27, 1908

Arthur Jones, 1910

Arthur Jones, 1910

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May 29, 1905

(L-R) Archie MacLaren returns after making 4; Tom Hayward. Walter Lees and Johnny Tyldesley return from pre-match practice - Lees was left out of the final XI;  Arthur Jones made only 2; Bernie Bosanquet returns from the nets, England v Australia, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, May 29, 1905

(L-R) Archie MacLaren; Tom Hayward, Walter Lees and Johnny Tyldesley; Arthur Jones; Bernie Bosanquet

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1900