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Arthur Owen Jones (16 August 1872 – 21 December 1914), was an English
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, noted as an
all-rounder An all-rounder is a cricketer who regularly performs well at both batsman, batting and bowler (cricket), bowling. Although all bowlers must bat and quite a handful of batsmen do bowl occasionally, most players are skilled in only one of the tw ...
, and former Captain of
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. He was also a
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player for Leicester at full back or three quarter.


Early life

Jones was born in 1872 in
Shelton, Nottinghamshire Shelton is an English village and civil parish in the Rushcliffe borough of Nottinghamshire. According to the 2001 census, Shelton had a population of 107, including Sibthorpe. It increased to 307 at the 2011 census. The village lies south of New ...
, and educated at
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and
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.


Cricket career

Jones played for
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,
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, London County and
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. He was named
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in 1900. Jones was the first substitute to keep wicket in a Test match, when he did so against Australia at
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The Oval
in 1905. He was a brilliant, sometimes impetuous, opening batsman and a 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
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at
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Trent Bridge
,
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Nottingham
. Jones played 12 Test matches for England, but lost the two games he captained. He led Nottinghamshire to the
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in 1907 and was captain of the 1907/08 England tour to
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Australia
. But he only appeared in two matches because of illness. He remained captain of Nottinghamshire until a few months before his death from
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tuberculosis
, in
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,
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Bedfordshire
.


Rugby career

Jones made 15 appearances for
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between 1889 and 1895 before moving to
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in 1895. He was appointed captain between 1896–99 and then again between 1902–04. He was club captain when Tigers secured their first piece silverware, the Midlands Counties Cup, though missed the final through injury. He was captain in the victorious finals of 1899, 1903 and 1904 and played in the victorious final of 1900 and 1901. He became the first player to pass 500 points for the club against
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in 1903. Between 1906-12 he refereed 5 rugby internationals, including
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's first test victory against
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in 1911.


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External reference

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