- Born 22 December 1910, Dublin
- Died 25 December 1995, Fuengirola, Spain
- Educated Belvedere College, Dublin
- Occupation Clerk in State Electricity Company (ESB)
- Debut 22 July 1929 against The Catamarans at College Park
- Cap Number 364
- Style Right-hand bat, right-arm off breaks
- Teams Civil Service, Phoenix
Jimmy Boucher was, without doubt one of the greatest bowlers ever to play Ireland. Many shrewd judges of the game would not bother with the qualifying phrase! Thus long serving umpire, and world wide watcher of the first class game, the late "Tim" Portiere - Beynon commented, "At his peak Jimmy was one of the three top spin bowlers in the world...He would have played Test Cricket for any of the major cricketing countries." His Times obituary called him, "Probably the finest cricketer Ireland ever produced." For Derek Scott, long time ICU administrator and colleague, he was, "The best known, the most famous and most illustrious personality in the annals of Irish Cricket."
He took 13 wickets for Civil Service at 10.69 from 9 matches before "moving up the road" to join Phoenix, typically his best performance had been against them, 4-27, having made 25, in 1927. Statistics cannot recall the majesty of his bowling but they do not lie as to its excellence. In all competitive cricket in Dublin, in a career, which lasted until 1964, he took 1303 wickets at 11.48. Only two others have passed 1000: Gerry Kirwan and Niall McConnell. His 124 "5 fors" are also a record with no other bowler getting close. The only figures that eluded him was an all 10, though he twice took 9 against Merrion. He began the 1943 season with 27 wickets for 72 in four matches, including a hat trick; he performed the latter feat on four other occasions. He took 50 or more in a season 7 times with 72 in 1942 his best. He won the O'Grady Cup, for Leinster's leading bowler 7 times and, showing that he was also a highly competent batsman, won the Samuels Cup for the leading all rounder on 5 occasions. Once describing himself as "the best number 8 in the world," he scored 7475 runs in Senior cricket at 20.64 with 4 hundreds. He was also a very safe slip. He captained Phoenix for 3 seasons and shared in 5 League and 8 Cup triumphs.
He retired from all cricket in 1964, having been Hon Secretary of the ICU since 1954, a post he was to hold until 1973. He was a selector from 1963 to 1976. He also gave the first TV commentary from Dublin. Otherwise cricket remained his dominant interest, though golf and Old Belvedere RFC were also important. Unmarried, he never sought to leave the ESB to play county cricket. Thus it can never be known how far he could have gone. Most, who saw him, from all over the cricket world, would not dispute Protheroe - Beynon's verdict. He can be left with the words of the late Sean Pender, one of Ireland's best cricket journalists, "A legend in his own lifetime, his name and fame will live on in Irish sport for all time."
His obituary is in Wisden 1996 and he is profiled in Siggins and Fitzgerald Ireland's 100 Cricket Greats.