Matches (13)
ZIM v IRE (1)
IND v ENG (W) (1)
Legends League (1)
BAN v NZ (1)
Abu Dhabi T10 (1)
WI v ENG (1)
BBL 2023 (1)
Hazare Trophy (2)
Asia Cup [U19] (2)
NZ v PAK (W) (1)
AUS v PAK (1)

Full Name

Holcombe Douglas Read


January 28, 1910, Woodford Green, Essex


January 05, 2000, Truro, Cornwall, (aged 89y 342d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast

"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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Debut/Last Matches of Hopper Read

FC Matches

1933 - 1948

Recent Matches of Hopper Read

M.C.C. vs New Zealand15/7206-Mar-1936ChristchurchFC
M.C.C. vs Auckland2*1/7121-Feb-1936AucklandFC
M.C.C. vs New Zealand130/37 & 1/8217-Jan-1936WellingtonFC
M.C.C. vs New Zealand--6/26 & 5/7410-Jan-1936DunedinFC
M.C.C. vs Otago03/39 & 3/9931-Dec-1935DunedinFC