Charles Jones

Full name: Charles Ernest Llewellyn Jones
Born: 03 Nov 1902, Barbados
Died: 10 Dec 1959, Guyana
Batting: Left-hand batsman
Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox
Teams: Guyana (Main FC: 1925-1939); West Indies (Test: 1930-1935); All teams
Club: Malteenoes Sports Club (Georgetown)
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Charles Ernest Llewellyn Jones - A competent batsman and a useful slow left-arm bowler, Charles Jones was born in Barbados on November 3, 1902.

He was the first player from Malteenoes Sports Club, which served working class residents, to represent Guyana or the West Indies. In his era and decades afterwards, Malteenoes players suffered under national selectors influenced by colour, class and race.

He made his first-class debut in October, 1925 in the Inter-Colonial match against Barbados in which his 14 runs and one wicket helped British Guiana to an eight-wicket victory. In 1930, when the MCC visited the Caribbean under the leadership of FSG Calthorpe, Jones played against them three times in February, twice for British Guiana and once whilst making his Test Match debut.

His selection for the 3rd Test of the four-match series, played at Bourda, Georgetown was more to do with the West Indies policy of using local players to limit expenses. In an historic victory over England, Jones’ contribution was minimal, scoring just 6 and 2, taking two catches but failing to take a wicket. He played only occasionally for the next five years but a few useful scores resulted in Jones playing three more Tests, against England sides led by RES Wyatt in 1935.

In the second Test of the 1935 series, played at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, he opened the batting with Cyril Christiani. This was the first Guyanese pair to open the batting for the West Indies. Jones scored 19 runs in both innings, which proved to be the highest Test score of his career. In a first class career that ended in January 1939, his highest score was an unbeaten 89, scored at home in a comprehensive victory over Barbados.

His death evoked little public comment apart from the following terse statement in the Daily Chronicle newspaper - "Mr. Charles Jones, an ex-intercolonial cricketer died suddenly at his residence 53 Bent Street, Wortmanville yesterday. He was employed ... at the Customs Department and subsequently at the Education Department."

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Guyana FC 19 34 3 801 89* 25.83 0 5 - 16 0
All FC 27 45 3 917 89* 21.83 0 5 - 22 0
West Indies Test 4 7 0 63 19 9.00 0 0 0 3 0
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Guyana FC 2009 64 864 19 3-19 - 45.47 2.58 105.74 - 0 0
All FC 2459 86 1059 24 3-19 - 44.12 2.58 102.45 - 0 0
West Indies Test 102 11 11 0 0-2 - - 0.64 - - 0 0