May 04, 1975, Manly, Sydney, New South Wales
Right hand Bat
Right arm Medium
Middle order Batter
Stuck in Sydney grade cricket, Jon Moss took a first-class risk and moved to Victoria in the hope of breaking into state cricket. He made his debut in 2000-01 and over the next couple of seasons became a player who was so valued by the Bushrangers they refused to release him in 2005 when he wanted to return home. Perhaps the decision and his departure from the English county Derbyshire contributed to him having a couple of below-par seasons. In 2005-06, he scored 413 Pura Cup runs at 27 - with a high-score of only 60 - and claimed 27 victims at 40. The following season form and fitness kept him to six Pura Cup matches; he made 149 runs at 18.62 and collected 14 wickets at 28.14. He remained an important one-day player, featuring in every game but missing his matchwinning spark. He returned to Sydney after the 2006-07 season and continued to play grade cricket but moved into a commentary career instead of pushing for state honours with the Blues.
His seven-year stay in Melbourne was highly successful for a player who ventured south without a contract. After winning Victoria's Player of the Year award in 2002-03 for his all-round contributions, Moss really shone in the next season as he registered 930 runs in the Pura Cup and picked up 19 victims. The highlight occurred when he was appointed stand-in captain for the match against Western Australia and he led with 172 not out in an innings victory. His medium pace is nippy and he has a crucial knack of breaking partnerships that adds to his value. Moss also filled in as leader during 2004-05, but his returns started to diminish and he managed only one century. In two years with Derbyshire he was a useful acquisition, but the struggling county needed a game-breaker rather than a contributor. Moss is the modern journeyman and his philosophy was partially shaped when he fell into a Tel Aviv river when a bridge collapsed. The Australia team was walking towards the stadium for the opening ceremony of the 1997 Maccabiah Games when the tragedy occurred and four members of the squad died.
Cricinfo staff October 2008
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