WL Jacobs

Name: Jacobs, William Lawson
Date of Birth: 5 January 1918
Career: 1937/38 - 1955/56
Teams: Fitzroy
Matches: 266
Batting Style: RHB
Bowling Style: Wicket-Keeper

"Bill Jacobs played 266 consecutive matches for Fitzroy between 1937/38 and 1955/56, capturing 448 dismissals (279 catches and 169 stumpings). This places Bill sixth on the all-time list of wicketkeepers for dismissals, although nobody has made more stumpings in a VCA career. Following his retirement, Bill moved into cricket administration and served as a VCA Delegate from 1957/58 to 1968/69, as a State Selector from 1959/60 to 1971/72 (and 1982/83), and as Assistant Secretary of the VCA in 1973/74. Bill managed Australian teams to South Africa (1966/67) and the West Indies (1973), as well as managing the Rest of the World team in Australia (1971/72) at the request of the Australian Cricket Board.

Outside cricket, Bill was a long-serving and highly regarded sports commentator at 3AW. The VCA 200 Club honoured Bill in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to cricket over his 65 year involvement."


Innings N.O. Runs Batting Avg High Score 50s 100s
255 74 2765 15.27 100* 4 1

Runs Wickets Bowling Avg Best 5wi 10wm Ct/St
55 2 27.5 2/24 - - 279/169