Hopper Read      

Full name Holcombe Douglas Read

Born January 28, 1910, Woodford Green, Essex

Died January 5, 2000, Truro, Cornwall (aged 89 years 342 days)

Major teams England, Essex, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
First-class 54 70 27 158 25* 3.67 0 0 21 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 2 270 200 6 4/136 6/200 33.33 4.44 45.0 1 0 0
First-class 54 8382 5023 219 7/35 22.93 3.59 38.2 13 2
Career statistics
Only Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 17-20, 1935 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1933-1948
Profile

"Hopper" Read was at one time regarded as the fastest bowler in England, but his Test career lasted only one match and his first-class career less than three seasons. He was frighteningly fast, but it came at a cost - he had little idea where the ball was going and subsequently his control and accuracy were often poor. In 1933 he played briefly and unsuccessfully for Surrey, before moving east to Essex where he took 55 wickets in 1934. In 1935 he grabbed 97 wickets - including 11 against Yorkshire - and won his call-up against South Africa at The Oval. He took 4 for 136 and 2 for 64, enough to earn him a place on the MCC tour to Australia and New Zealand that winter. But before the start of the next season he announced his retirement to concentrate on his business career. His final first-class appearance was for MCC in 1948.
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