Full name Reginald Allen Hollingdale
Born March 6, 1906, Burgess Hill, Sussex
Died August 3, 1989, South Side, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (aged 83 years 150 days)
Major teams Scotland, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class span||1925 - 1938|
Reginald Allen Hollingdale, who died recently in hospital at Penicuik, near Edinburgh, after a short illness, was born at Burgess Hill, near Brighton, in 1906. He captained his school to victory in the East Sussex League in 1920 and was taken on to the Sussex staff at 16. Meanwhile he played for Haywards Heath and made his debut for Sussex in 1925, gaining his county cap in 1927. Once he took the wickets of Sutcliffe and Holmes for only 35 runs, but, being of a similar pace to Maurice Tate but with less speed off the pitch, he could not hold his place in the side, but he did make 1,034 runs and took 81 wickets.
In 1931 Holhngdale decided to make the move to Greenock, for whom he scored 4,061 runs and took 574 wickets. During this period he played for Scotland v South Africa, when he captured 5 for 35. In 1938 he was persuaded to join
Grange, the senior Scottish club, and while with them he won his second Scottish cap against Yorkshire. He served with the National Fire Service throughout the war and when peace came he went to Fettes College where he and his wife, Phyllis, spent 30 extremely happy years. It was a great wrench for the Hollingdales to leave Fettes and they retired to a flat in Edinburgh, keeping in close touch with the school; then, later they moved to Penicuik. Reg Hollingdale is survived by his wife and two sons.
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