The Real Jeeves: The Cricketer Who Gave His Life for His Country and His Name to a Legend

The actual Jeeves tells the tale of a tender cricketer whose wonderful lifestyles used to be snuffed out, yet whose identify will stay ceaselessly. Plucked from country-house cricket, all-rounder Percy Jeeves used to be to outshine the Golden Age's greats over seasons with Warwickshire, fresh bowling Jack Hobbs, hitting Wilfred Rhodes for 6, and outclassing England captain Plum Warner. In September 1914, Jeeves bowled Warwickshire to victory over champions Surrey. It was once his fiftieth first class match—and his final. The genuine Jeeves lines Percy's existence from idyllic youth through county cricket into the nightmare of struggle. Excerpts from battalion diaries aspect the horrors of the Western entrance, and finally his dying at the Somme. but Percy Jeeves' identify lived on because of P. G. Wodehouse, who observed him play at Cheltenham in 1913 and used to be so inspired he famous the identify for a personality who shared the modest Yorkshireman's immaculate behavior and visual appeal.

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Warwickshire’s moment innings was once meandering alongside at 219/7, seventy four sooner than the purple Rose, whilst Jeeves joined Eric Crockford on the crease. simply as that they had performed at Sheffield, the pair counter-attacked vigorously. opposed to tiring bowlers, lower than the rarity of a searing Manchester sunlight, the eighth-wicket partnership additional eighty five in sixty five mins. Jeeves lifted Makepeace for 6 prior to falling to a seize by way of younger Harry facet (playing the 1st of his simply 3 first class matches), correct at the rope, for fifty three. With a five-for and a half-century within the fit, faraway from taking a look drained, Jeeves used to be warming up well for back-to-back domestic video games much-anticipated by means of either the county membership and him individually. subsequent up at Edgbaston have been neighborhood opponents Worcestershire, the staff opposed to which he made his championship debut. Then it was once Yorkshire, Jeeves’s local county and a massive attract Birmingham for a number of purposes. Warwickshire’s supporters have been continually attracted by way of the charismatic White Rose with such a lot of well-known avid gamers, however the fixture had additional spice. The Bears fanatics have been nonetheless prepared to determine their avid gamers pay off a number of the distress meted out to them in extraordinary model in could 1896 whilst Yorkshire accrued 887 at Edgbaston. Lord Hawke killed the fit stone useless via permitting his workforce to bat in the course of the first days, a curious technique by means of a guy well-known for his win-at-all-costs mentality and one that nonetheless rankled within the Edgbaston stands. First got here Worcestershire and the hole day attracted greater than 10,000 spectators who have been rewarded with a few exciting cricket: 485 runs and 19 wickets. by way of lunchtime, the viewers, installed, had already galloped to 200/3 with Fred Bowley having hit the bowling to all components for 136. Then their final seven wickets fell in an hour to Foster and Jeeves. Bowley made 177 with 27 fours, 5 threes and 14 twos then grew to become one among Foster’s six sufferers whereas, in accordance with the submit: “Jeeves didn't bowl in addition to traditional yet claimed 3 wickets and made a really clever right-handed seize low down within the slips which disregarded Pearson. ” After Worcestershire have been all out for 266, Warwickshire dipped to 133/7 prior to an identical avid gamers bailed them out back. Foster hit 50 and Jeeves was once 33 no longer out in a single day having “hit along with his typical vigor and despatched up the 2 hundred with a immediately force for 6 over the pavilion rails off Cuffe”. An incredible establishing day ended: Worcestershire 266, Warwickshire 219/9. Day introduced extra unbelievable cricket; a Warwickshire victory which caused the headline: “DEADLY BOWLING by way of JEEVES”. The Yorkshireman took a career-best 7-34 as Worcestershire have been skittled for seventy four. They reached 26/0, at which element Jeeves had 0-16. Thereafter he used to be “practically unplayable”. He brought about a deadly area from Bowley, had Fred Pearson stuck within the slips, bowled captain William Burns and deceived Frank Chester into sending up a skier to 3rd guy. Successive yorkers hit the stumps of Fred Hunt and Richard Burrows and one other, with the hat-trick ball, observed a major lbw shout opposed to Ernie Bale became down.

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