Chris Jones has exchanged playing cricket for a life in the world of finance and is currently living in London where he has recently launched a career in the business world.
“I’m involved with Business Strategy and Consulting working for the Parthenon Group which is a subsidiary company of Ernst and Young,” Chris said when we caught up with him recently. “I’ve been doing the job for five or six months now and I’m finding it all very interesting. It’s all very different from the west country and playing cricket for Somerset seems far away now.”
Does he ever miss the life he had enjoyed whilst playing cricket for Somerset? “Yes,” he said. “I definitely miss the social side of things that go with playing cricket too. Especially at this time of year when you get to catch up with friends who have been away playing cricket.”
Reflecting on his time with Somerset he said: “I’m guessing that run-wise the innings that people will remember was the century against Australia in 2013, but another special time for me was playing in the T20 Champions League out in India. That was a great experience for me and was fiercely competitive. I played my part in helping Somerset reach the semi-finals against all expectations.”
“I was involved with the build up to some of the Lord’s Finals but I didn’t get to play in any of them, but that was the most successful time that Somerset had while I was playing for the Club. Scoring 130 against Australia in front of my home crowd has to be the highlight of my career, especially as it came just a few days after leaving Durham University with a first class honours degree.”
Chris went on: “Cricket’s a funny game because playing against an international side people outside the game think that you are as good as those international players, so it’s a pretty good thing to have scored a century on my cricketing credentials.”
Does Chris ever regret making the decision to retire and concentrate on a career outside the game? “No not really,” he said. “The only reason that I might have continued would have been for reasons outside of the sport. Sadly I didn’t love playing cricket enough to warrant everything else that goes with the game.”
Chris added: “Yes I miss the guys and the lifestyle that goes with cricket, but that has got a shelf life and few go beyond 35, so you have got to get the balance right. For me it was the right thing to do.”
Between 2010 and 2014 Chris Jones played in 30 First Class matches for Somerset in which he scored 1050 runs with a best of 130 at an average of 23.86.
His best season was in 2014 in which he scored 402 runs, with three half centuries, at an average of 28.71.
In List A cricket Chris played five matches and scored 126 runs at 42, while he also appeared in 13 T20 games in which he scored 217 runs at 19.72 with a best of 53 not out.