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From the Archives - Wisden Cricketer of the Year - Arthur Owen Jones

11 months ago By Mark Sampson

The possible link between Thrumpton and a Wisden Cricket of the Year!

As we have seen there is a strong possibility that John Cartwright Jones, vicar of Thrumpton is most likely the person that formed Thrumpton Cricket Club.

Whilst being the incumbent of the church he married Mary White on the 23rd April 1862.

She was the daughter of a respectable local Nottingham doctor who had his own general practice.

Although he lost his life at the early age of 43, he and Mary had 9 children and from here comes the link to a Wisden Cricketer of the year.

Their 8th child born in 1872 was Arthur Owen Jones (1872-1914): He became regarded as being one of the greatest cricket players of the pre-World War I era.

He played for Cambridge University, Nottinghamshire and England.

Jones was brilliant, sometimes impetuous, an opening batsman and leg break and googly bowler.

In 1903 he made what was then the highest ever score by a Nottinghamshire batsman, scoring an unbeaten 296 against Gloucestershire.

Jones was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1900 and led Nottinghamshire to the County Championship in 1907 before captaining England on the 1907-08 tour to Australia.

Updated 12:52 - 7 Feb 2018 by Mark Sampson

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