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Isaac Mervyn Jaffey (Now known as Mervyn Jeffries)

Born: 9 September 1929 Dublin Educated: Wesley College Dublin and Dublin University
Occupation: Doctor
Debut: 20th June 1953 v MCC at Lord's Cap Number: 459 Style: Wicket keeper
Teams: Dublin University
History: Mervyn Jaffey was an outstanding wicket keeper at school who broke into the University 1st XI in his first summer there. He was a skilful performer behind the stumps, whose natural left-handedness made him adept at leg side stumpings. Captain of the XI when they won the LCU senior cup in 1952, only the second team from the University to do so, he made many stumpings off the off spin of Nigerian OO Coker, who would switch to this mode after using the new ball. Jaffey established a University League record for a wicket keeper with 63 dismissals in his career, 35 of which were stumped. He also hit two fifties, the same career figure as four others who were picked for Ireland for their batting.

Jaffey played twice for Ireland in 1953. At Lord's where MCC narrowly won a rain-affected match, he only allowed 3 byes in the two innings. His single outing as a batsman resulted in his being dismissed by veteran Test leggie Jim Sims for 1. The Scots match at Ormeau was ruined by rain. The visitors first innings was the only completed one. Jaffey made one trademark leg side stumping off Lisburn left armer Jack Bowden. That was the end of his Irish career and after that season, he played little more serious cricket in Ireland. The demands of his profession claimed him, and this talented and unusual gloveman was not seen again in an Irish sweater. He emigrated to the USA to further his career.

Edward Liddle, April 2007



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