Geraint Jones, Kent Cricket Legend
Geraint Jones is well-known in Kent for being a star on the cricket pitch. Born in Papua New Guinea to Welsh parents, Jones is regarded as one of the finest wicketkeepers the county side has ever had. Over his career, he has made an impressive 403 championship runs, running 41 exceptionally good players out. And when captain James Treadwell was unable to play his captain’s role, Jones stepped in to be skipper.
During his time playing, Geraint Jones has travelled extensively, playing his beloved cricket in a variety of different countries including Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
In 2004, Jones made fans happy when he hit a century during a test match against New Zealand – the score included a number of fours, and one six, showing why he has been hailed as a truly legendary player. Perhaps, however, the finest moment of his test career came when he caught Michael Kasprowicz out during the 2005 Ashes. This catch won the Edgbaston Test, securing a comfortable victory. In fact, the 2005 Ashes was the defining moment in Jones’ career. Playing in Australia is something that Jones has said was difficult, but despite that, in 2006, Geraint Jones was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his role in the 2005 Ashes.
In the ICC Test Player Batting Rankings, Jones was:
- Highest Rating – 478 on 24 November 2005 (v Pakistan, Faisalabad, 2nd Test)
- Highest Ranking – 48th on 24 November 2005 (v Pakistan, Faisalabad, 2nd Test)