Dean Mervyn Jones AM 24/3/1961-24/9/2020
CCC Cap No. 517
Victorian Cap No. 689
Test Cap No. 324
Elected CCC Life Member 1985
Member of the CCC Hall of Fame
Deano began playing at Carlton in 1975 in the 4th XI under the leadership of former 1st XI Premiership player Peter Howell. While it was Dean’s first appearance in a Carlton jumper he was not unfamiliar with the Carlton environment as his father Barney was a legendary leader of the club. According to some of the club stalwarts Dean and his younger twin brothers, Paul and Mark, were regularly seen running rampant around Princes Park and creating all sorts of mischief.
As a player Dean’s obvious talent was recognised and he passed quickly through the XI’s before making his 1st XI debut in 1979 against Fitzroy at Princes Park. Then Coach, Keith Stackpole, recognised early that he had a young player with a special talent and drove him hard to become the best player he could be. Carlton had a very strong batting lineup at that time so Dean only had one brief innings in the first 4 games. In his fifth game he made a competent 39 demonstrating some of the precocious talent that would see him reach future greatness. The following season Dean played nearly all games in the 1st XI but due to the strength of the Carlton team he had limited opportunities and his returns were modest. He played in the 2nd XI Semi Final that year scoring 68 and taking 6/50 with his medium pacers. That performance ensured his promotion to the 1st XI for the Grand Final against Richmond. The Blues triumphed and accordingly Dean, like his father before him, became a 1st XI Premiership player.
In season 1981/82 Dean’s potential became a reality. In 9 innings with the Blues he scored 398 runs at an average of 66. This included his maiden century, 129*, against his future club Melbourne. His star was on the rise and that season he was selected to make his Victorian debut. Dean was only to play another 20 times for Carlton before transferring to Melbourne for the 1985/86 season. During this time however he became Carlton’s last home grown Test player when he was selected to tour the West Indies. Deano was a talent but he was also a worker and a listener, particularly when it was John Scholes or Stacky calling the shots. He respected their opinions and knew that the advice they gave was going to help him become the cricketer he wanted to be. I can recall the fast bowlers racing in with new balls and possibly bowling off about 18 yards on practice wickets which at times were a little unreliable and the young Deano wearing them on the inside thigh but still getting in behind the ball. A few years later he was dancing down the pitch to the same bowlers and nominating where the ball was going and how many runs would be scored.
Deano used to cop plenty of good natured ribbing from his teammates in the early days but he took it all and gave as much back. It didn’t dent his confidence or ego because I think deep down he knew where he was headed. The Jones’ family was a huge part of the Carlton cricket club for so many years. To Dean’s siblings Paul and Mark, who both represented the Blues, and Glenn and Nicole our deepest sympathies. To Jane, Isabella and Phoebe it is difficult to comprehend the pain and loss you must feel but our thoughts are with you.
RIP Dean Mervyn Jones.