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Gilbert Laird Jessop
b. 19th May 1874
d. 11th May 1955

Here are some details of performances in English domestic cricket by the greatest fast-scoring batsman of all time - GL Jessop. I have recently been able to research in extra detail the seasons 1894 to 1898 through the files of the Manchester Guardian. Other information on his career has been gathered from The Times, various editions of Wisden, "The Croucher" by Gerald Brodribb, and "G.L. Jessop" by CJ Britton. Ideally the newspapers from the county of Gloucestershire need to be read in detail, plus the many other local papers from cities where Jessop played.

When reading these figures please keep in mind that from 1910 onwards all hits over the boundary were awarded six runs for the stroke. Therefore most of Jessop's career (the 1894-1909 period) was played under a system that only awarded six runs for hits right out of the ground. Many of his scoring strokes which counted as four were in fact hits into the pavilion, stands or crowd. My investigations continue....
(details last updated 2nd June 2002)

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1902 to 1914 has had very little detailed work done so far. I've selected one match per season for your interest.
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1894
162 @ 13.60
Glos v Lancashire(1st inns)July 30-3129 in ? mins 5 x 4s
Glos v Lancashire(2nd inns)July 30-3119 in ? mins 3 x 4s
Glos v SomersetAugust 27-2861* in less than 50 mins 2 x 6s, 5 x 4s

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1895
525 @ 21.21
Glos v LancashireJuly 22-2432 in 20 mins 7 x 4s
Glos v NottsJuly 25-2755 in 35 mins 8 x 4s
Glos v Warwickshire(1st inns)August 1-340 in 35 mins -
Glos v Warwickshire(2nd inns)August 1-350 in just over 30 mins 9 x 4s
Glos v SussexAugust 5-753 in 30 mins 9 x 4s
Glos v MiddlesexAugust 8-1031 in 20 mins -
Glos v YorkshireAugust 22-2463 in less than 30 mins
(reached 50 in 18 mins)
12 x 4s

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1896
673 @ 21.22
Cambridge v YorkshireJune 4-547 in 25 mins 10 x 4s
Cambridge v MCC & GrdJune 16-1721 in ? mins 4 x 4s
in succession off Trott
Cambridge v SussexJune 22-2493 in 75 mins 17 x 4s
Glos v YorkshireJuly 27-2833 in 25 mins 5 x 4s
Glos v Lancashire(1st inns)July 30-3129* in ? mins at least 2 hits
over boundary on full
Glos v Lancashire(2nd inns)July 30-3181 in 75 mins 14 x 4s
Glos v Middlesex(1st inns)August 6-844 in 45 mins 8 x 4s
Glos v Middlesex(2nd inns)August 6-866 in 50 mins 11 x 4s
Glos v NottinghamshireAugust 13-1471 in about 65 mins -
Glos v AustraliansAugust 20-2230 in 30 mins -

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1897
1219 @ 29.30
Cambridge v Thornton's XI(1st inns)May 10-1218 in ? mins only 5 scoring strokes
(all off Hearne)
Cambridge v Thornton's XI(2nd inns)May 10-1237 in 25 mins 7 x 4s
Cambridge v YorkshireMay 27-2925* in ? mins off five overs
Glos v SurreyMay 31-June 226 in less than 20 mins at least 1
over boundary hit
Cambridge v PhiladelphiansJune 14-15140 in 95 mins 2 x 6s, 1 x 5, 21 x 4s
Cambridge v SussexJune 24-2672 in 55 mins 12 x 4s
Cambridge v MCC & GrdJune 28-2931 in 25 mins 7 x 4s
Cambridge v OxfordJuly 5-742 in less than 15 mins 9 x 4s
(at least 2 over boundary hits)
Gents v PlayersJuly 12-1467 in 35 mins 1 x 5, 11 x 4s
Glos v PhiladelphiansJuly 15-17101 in 90 mins 15 x 4s
Glos v WarwickshireJuly 19-21126 in 95 mins 19 x 4s
(at least 5 or 6 over boundary hits)
Glos v LancashireJuly 26-2849 in 25 mins 9 x 4s
(4 hits over boundary)
Glos v YorkshireJuly 29-31101 in 40 mins 4 x 6s, 15 x 4s
Glos v MiddlesexAugust 5-743 in 45 mins -
Glos v SomersetAugust 19-2190 in 55 mins 1 x 6, 15 x 4s
Glos v Surrey(1st inns)August 23-2518 in 10 mins -
Glos v Surrey(2nd inns)August 23-2523 in 15 mins -

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1898
873 @ 24.20
Cambridge v Webbe's XIMay 26-2835 in 27 mins 1 x 6
Glos v Sussex(1st inns)May 30-June 136 in ? mins 6 x 4s
Glos v Sussex(2nd inns)May 30-June 137* in 30 mins -
Cambridge v HampshireJune 13-1455 in 45 mins 10 x 4s
Cambridge v MCC & GrdJune 23-2547 in 35 mins -
Glos v WarwickshireJuly 11-1330 in 15 mins 1 x 5, 6 x 4s
Glos v SomersetJuly 14-1665 in just over 50 mins 11 x 4s
Glos v NottinghamshireJuly 21-2321 in 20 mins -
Glos v KentAugust 8-962 in just under 60 mins 6 x 4s
Glos v WarwickshireAugust 11-1326 in 25 mins -
Glos v SurreyAugust 22-2419* in ? mins
(out of last 21 needed to win)
-
Rest of Eng. v Stoddart's XI(1st inns)September 5-732 in less than 30 mins 7 x 4s
Rest of Eng. v Stoddart's XI(2nd inns)September 5-7112* in 70 mins
(100 in 60 mins)
22 x 4s
reached 100 with 4443 from consecutive balls off T. Richardson

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1899
1483 @ 33.70
Cambridge v YorkshireMay 18-20171* in less than 120 mins 27 x 4s
Cambridge v OxfordJuly 3-546 in 25 mins -
Glos v NottinghamshireJuly 20-22126 in less than 90 mins
(100 in 60)
-
Glos v SussexAugust 7-956 in 50 mins -
Glos v AustraliansAugust 17-1957 in 60 mins -

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1900
2210 @ 40.18
Glos v KentMay 21-2377 in 45 mins -
Glos v SomersetMay 28-2952 in 20 mins -
Glos v SurreyMay 31-June 287 in about 65 mins -
Glos v SussexJune 4-6179 in 105 mins 34 x 4s
Glos v Middlesex(1st inns)June 14-16109 in 65 mins -
Glos v Middlesex(2nd inns)June 14-1658* in 37 mins -
Glos v LancashireJune 18-2082 in 50 mins -
Glos v Yorkshire(1st inns)July 23-25104 in 70 mins 1 x 6, 16 x 4s
Glos v Yorkshire(2nd inns)June 14-16139 in 95 mins 7 x 6s, 14 x 4s
Glos v Surrey(1st inns)August 23-2554 in 45 mins -
Glos v Surrey(2nd inns)August 23-2554 in 55 mins -
Glos v WorcestershireAugust 27-29102 in 75 mins -
Thornton's XI v YorkshireSeptember 3-595 in 50 mins 3 x 6s
South v NorthSeptember 6-8123* in 75 mins -
South v NorthSeptember 13-1577 in about 55 mins -

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1901
2323 @ 40.75
London County v SurreyMay 6-860 in 23 mins 4 x 5s, 8 x 4s
Glos v NottinghamshireMay 13-1576 in about 65 mins -
MCC & Grd v Leicestershire(1st inns)May 16-18169 in 105 mins 1 x 6, 1 x 5, 26 x 4s
MCC & Grd(2nd inns)May 16-1849 in 35 mins -
Glos v SussexMay 27-2957 in 35 mins -
Glos v MiddlesexMay 30-June 1124 in 75 mins -
Glos v DerbyshireJune 17-1953 in 40 mins -
Glos v WarwickshireJune 27-29106 in 85 mins -
Gents v PlayersJuly 8-1035 in 17 mins -
Glos v SussexAugust 5-666 in 28 mins -
Rest of England v YorkshireSeptember 12-14233 in 150 mins 2 x 5s, 33 x 4s

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1902
1562 @ 33.95
Glos v NottinghamshireJuly 24-26126 in 95 mins 24 x 4s

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1903
1382 @ 38.38
Glos v SussexJune 1-3286 in 170 mins 41 x 4s

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1904
1450 @ 35.36
Glos v NottinghamshireJuly 18-20206 in 145 mins 27 x 4s

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1905
1197 @26.60
Glos v SomersetJune 26-28234 in 155 mins 40 x 4s

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1906
1199 @ 27.88
MCC & Grd v Yorkshire(1st inns)May 7-963 in 50 mins 13 x 4s
MCC & Grd v Yorkshire(2nd inns)May 7-955 in 30 mins -

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1907
1754 @ 36.54
Gents of South v Players of SouthSeptember 2-4191 in 90 mins 5 x 6s, 30 x 4s

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1908
1885 @ 41.88
Glos v NottinghamshireMay 28-30106 in 80 mins 4 x 6s, 1 x 5, 11 x 4s

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1909
665 @ 35.00
Glos v MiddlesexMay 17-1869 in 45 mins -

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1910
1142 @ 33.58
Glos v WorcestershireJuly 7-8165 in 120 mins 6 x 6s, 20 x 4s

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1911
1907 @ 42.37
Jessop's XI v Warner's XIJune 1-3122* in less than 90 mins 2 x 6s, 16 x 4s

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1912
804 @ 22.23
MCC v OxfordJune 3-574 in 55 mins 1 x 6, 7 x 4s

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1913
1244 @ 35.54
Lord Londesborough's XI v KentSeptember 8-10116 in 60 mins 4 x 6s, 19 x 4s

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1914
498 @ 22.63
Glos v LancashireJuly 27-2931 in 11 mins 1 x 6, 4 x 4s

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