Test of Character: The Story of John Holder, Fast Bowler and Test Match Umpire

Test of Character: The Story of John Holder, Fast Bowler and Test Match Umpire

by Andrew Murtagh, John Holder

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Barbados-born John Holder arrived in England during the 1960s as part of the second wave of West Indian immigrants recruited by London Transport after the war. While working on the Underground he was recommended for a trial at Hampshire. Impressed by his speed and hostility with the ball, they signed him on the spot. For eight years, his career as an opening bowler followed an uneven course, periods of loss of form and confidence punctuated with moments of sheer brilliance, the most noteworthy both coming in his final year at Hampshire in 1972, taking 13-128 in the same match against Gloucestershire and a hat-trick against Kent. A back injury brought his county career to a close. What better way to stay in touch than to become an umpire? A first-class umpire for 27 years, he officiated in 11 Tests and 19 one-day internationals. Former teammate Andrew Murtagh had unique and unfettered access to his subject. Test of Character throws an interesting light on the job of an international umpire, with all its pressures, vicissitudes, controversies, and prejudices, leavened of course with a fair degree of humor, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785312427
Publisher: Pitch Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Andrew Murtagh read English at Southampton University before joining Hampshire. Andrew's previous books are A Remarkable Man, short-listed for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year; Touched by Greatness; and Sundial in the Shade.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Foreword 13

Introduction 15

A Superlative Child 23

London Transport 1963-66 41

Happy Hants 1966-72 56

Lancashire Leagues 1973-82 123

The Job of Umpiring 147

Around the Counties 184

International Cricket 1989-2001 261

Beyond the Boundary 2001-2015 323

Afterword 351

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