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Full name Desmond Leonard Dolding
Born December 13, 1922, Oordegem, Belgium
Died November 23, 1954, Wembley, Middlesex (aged 31 years 345 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Desmond Leonard Dolding, who died in hospital on November 23, aged 31, as the result of injuries received in a motor-car accident, was a member of the MCC staff for seven years. He played only once for Middlesex, in 1951, but as a right-arm leg-break bowler took part in many games for MCC. A brilliant fieldsman, he acted as twelfth man for England in the second Test match with New Zealand at Lord's in 1949 and was summoned to Leeds to stand by as substitute in the fourth Test with Australia in 1953. An sssociation footballer of ability, he played as a wing forward for Queen's Park Rangers, Chelsea and Norwich City and was on the books of Margate at the time of his death. In the second World War, he served as a bomb-aimer with the RAF, where, as in sport, his quiet and likeable personality made him very popular.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Dolding died from injuries received when a car being driven by Middlesex team-mate Sid Brown collided with a trolley bus in Wembley on November 12, 1954.