Who is Barry Jones?
Jones made his first-class debut against Oxford University at The University Parks in late May 1976. Although he made only 10 and 4 from number two in the order, he was retained for the County Championship match which immediately followed. In this game, now batting at seven, he did no better, making only 11 and 1. After this, Jones spent a long period out of the first team, returning only in August when he was given a short run but again made no significant scores.
During the 1977 season, Jones played in the First XI more than at any other time, turning out for 14 first-class and six List A games. In late August he finally made his maiden fifty, hitting 65 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Wisden thought he had made "a steady advance" over the summer, but statistically his season as a whole was disappointing as he averaged only 16.31 in first-class cricket and 8.80 in the one-day game.
From 1978 to 1980, Jones was in and out of the Worcestershire side, often getting chances but never managing a really big score. Indeed, he was to score only one half-century in 26 first-class games during that period, an innings of 61 against Oxford University in June 1978. His most eye-catching achievement came in a Second XI match, when he hit a century in each innings versus Somerset II in August 1979.
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- Nov 2, 1955
on July 23, 2013
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