Eric Hollies

William Eric Hollies (5 June 1912 – 16 April 1981)[1] was an English cricketer, who is mainly remembered for taking the wicket of Donald Bradman for a duck in Bradman's final Test match innings, in which he needed only four runs for a Test average of 100. Hollies played all his first-class cricket career for Warwickshire, taking 2,323 wickets at less than 21 apiece.

Eric Hollies
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Eric Hollies
Born(1912-06-05)5 June 1912
Old Hill, Staffordshire, England
Died16 April 1981(1981-04-16) (aged 68)
Chinley, Derbyshire, England
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm leg spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 277)8 January 1935 v West Indies
Last Test25 July 1950 v West Indies
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1932–1957Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 13 515
Runs scored 37 1,673
Batting average 5.28 5.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 18* 47
Balls bowled 3,554 130,625
Wickets 44 2,323
Bowling average 30.27 20.94
5 wickets in innings 5 182
10 wickets in match 0 40
Best bowling 7/50 10/49
Catches/stumpings 2/– 179/–
Source: Cricinfo, 6 June 2009

Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted: "Hollies was one of cricket's most extraordinary characters, whose meagre thirteen Tests in no way reflected his contribution to the game. He was a fastish leg-break bowler who rarely had much use for the googly." Bateman added: "loquacious, with a rich seam of Black Country humour, he was an immensely respected and hard-working cricketer".[1]


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