English cricket June 11, 2012

The Hollies touch in Bradman legend

Suresh Menon, writing on espnstar.com , says that England bowler Eric Hollies, who had bowled Don Bradman for a last-inning duck, was an unsung hero who was recognised more for his exploits in county cricket than Test cricket.

Suresh Menon, writing on espnstar.com, says that England bowler Eric Hollies, who had bowled Don Bradman for a last-inning duck, was an unsung hero who was recognised more for his exploits in county cricket than Test cricket.

Don Bradman’s last-inning duck got many more headlines than the man who dismissed him – Eric Hollies. Although Hollies played 13 Tests, it is as a bowler for Warwickshire that he is better remembered. He once claimed all ten wickets in an innings against Nottinghamshire, remarkably without the aid of a fielder; seven were bowled and three leg before. That was in 1946, when as Warwickshire struggled, he emerged as the leading wicket taker. It was not good enough to find him a place in the team for the Ashes tour, a decision England had cause to regret. In all, Hollies finished with 2323 wickets, and as befit one of the leading rabbits in the game, a total of 1673 runs at an average of 5.28.

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