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Full name Frederick Charles Holland
Born February 10, 1876, Battersea, London
Died February 5, 1957, Crystal Palace, London (aged 80 years 361 days)
Major teams Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Fred Holland played as a batsman for Surrey from 1894 to 1908, scoring 10,384 runs, including 12 centuries, average 25.57. Encouraged by his seven elder brothers, he played cricket from the early age of three, and when 17 joined The Oval ground staff. Of graceful style, he showed to special advantage in cutting and hitting to leg, and he was also a very good short slip.
He made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1894 and the following year became a regular in the side, making a career-best 171 against Cambridge University at The Oval, when he and Bobby Abel (165) added 306 for the third Surrey wicket.
In 1896 he hit three hundreds, and after losing his place in 1897, he bounced back in 1898 to enjoy his best summer, passing 1000 runs for the first of four occasions. He again was in the doldrums in 1899, playing only four times, but in 1900 he was back in the side although he only managed 571 runs in 20 games. The in-out form continued - after a good 1901 he made only seven appearances in 1902, but from 1903 until he was released at the end of 1908, he commanded a regular place without doing anything spectacular. Undoubtedly, while he was not prolific with the bat, his excellent slip catching helped keep him his place.
Following his retirement from first-class cricket, he became coach at Oundle.
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