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Farewell Mr. Jacobs

Mr Mxyzptlk

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Well, he's made it clear he does not want to play for the West Indies team as it currently is, and the selectors didn't do him the honour of picking him anyway. Ridley Jacobs has very likely played his last First Class match.

His final First Class innings goes down as one of his best. 140 against the Jamaican bowling attack, to lead his team to a lead of 250 after facing a 192-run first innings deficit. The knock was authoritative and oozing the clutch class that Jacobs has shown over the years. Was there ever going to be any other way for him to go? I think not.

His final season featured him at the top of his game, scoring 4 centuries and a total of 816 runs at 62.76 per innings. That goes with 3 half-centuries and 25 dismissals, all whilst batting at number 7.

Good show Mr. Jacobs and top career. You shall be missed.
 

sledger

Spanish_Vicente
fair play ridley, a great lad indeed, although it seemed like he was no longer up to the standard required, the boxer keeper will indeed be missed.

the search for his replacement will indeed by hard as neither courtney brown or carlton baugh are up to the standard of jacobs at his peak, as batsman or keeper.
 

C_C

International Captain
I have been a fan of Ridley for a long time- he is humble, low profile and a solid performer...
In my opinion, Ridley was vastly underappreciated......he was an excellent keeper......his keeping skills were a whole league and half ahead of the likes of Junior Murray and Dropney browne... and as a specialist keeper-batsman i cannot think of anyone better from the WI through the years apart from Dujon and Dereyck Murray....

He was one of the most important and valuable member of the WI squad.....the only player with balls enough to stand up to Allan Donald and Pollock in RSA... and for the last 4-5 years, i think he is the most crucial test player for the WI after Lara and perhaps Chanderpaul.
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
A shame, indeed.
An exceptionally competant wicketkeeper and a pretty darn decent batsman. Carlton Baugh can undoubtedly play but, well, he's a right-hander.
Any more left-handed batsmen who can keep wicket to a decent standard knocking around, Liam?
 

Smudge

Hall of Fame Member
Richard said:
A shame, indeed.
An exceptionally competant wicketkeeper and a pretty darn decent batsman. Carlton Baugh can undoubtedly play but, well, he's a right-hander.
Any more left-handed batsmen who can keep wicket to a decent standard knocking around, Liam?
Adam Gilchrist?

:D
 

Somerset

Cricketer Of The Year
mavric41 said:
Yeah, me too. A gutsy player. :mellow:
Absolutely, great player for the West Indian side who always did his country proud. It's just a shame he often wasn't given enough credit for his commitment to West Indian cricket. He deserves to finish on a high and if he does decide to hang up his boots, it'll be a career remember for mostly the right reasons.
 

masterblaster

International Captain
He wasn't flashy, but did he have substance. A really hard working cricketer he was who gave everything for his side. Really will be sad to see him retire, but that's the life of a professional sportsman.

A great servant to cricket in general and one of the few who were technically sound as wicket keeper and technically sound as a batsman too.
 

_Ed_

Cricket Web: All-Time Legend
Voltman said:
Gilchrist Adams?
:laugh:

Shame to see Jacobs retire, always rated him highly as a player. Remember some spectacular innings opening the batting in ODIs.
 

Langeveldt

Soutie
Yeh, sad to see Ridley go, the WI need all the decent, humble cricketers they can muster and they've just lost one of the best..
 

Link

State Vice-Captain
Tis sad to see Ridley go, he was exemplory in the Windes team especially as there are so many youngsters in the squad. Is Baugh or Browne the replacement??
 

Mr Mxyzptlk

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Richard said:
Any more left-handed batsmen who can keep wicket to a decent standard knocking around, Liam?
None left-handed that I can think of.
Of wicket-keepers there are a few though.

Denesh Ramdin is a superb wicketkeeper and a very talented right-handed batsman. Just 19 years of age too. Lots of cricket ahead of him. A maiden FC hundred and two half-centuries this season.

Carlton Baugh jr. is an improving wicketkeeper, but still not Test class IMO (about Jones class atm :p). He's a very promising batsman but he needs to learn to temper his aggression at times. Still, he has tremedous timing and brilliant offside play. He crosses 50 less than 4 innings apart in FC cricket and has 7 hundreds in 67 innings. 22 years old.

Patrick Browne played pretty solidly for Barbados in the absence of Courtney Browne this season. In fact, he was so solid that he kept his 'keeping spot for a game or two even after Courtney returned. Not the most accomplished statistically overall, but 23 years of age and with a definite future.

Those are the players who immediately come to mind. I tip Courtney Browne to handle the catching/stumping for now, but I can easily see Ramdin picking it up in a few years. Carlton Baugh is always going to be in contention though, with his batting skills.
 

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