John Holder      

Full name John Wakefield Holder

Born March 19, 1945, Superlative, St George, Barbados

Current age 75 years 224 days

Major teams Hampshire

Nickname Benson, Hod

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Other Umpire

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Combermere High School, Barbados; Rochdale College

John Wakefield Holder
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 47 49 14 374 33 10.68 0 0 12 0
List A 40 26 8 114 25 6.33 0 0 9 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 47 7098 3415 139 7/79 24.56 2.88 51.0 5 1
List A 40 1860 1213 46 3/18 3/18 26.36 3.91 40.4 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1968 - 1972
List A span 1969 - 1972
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 25-30, 1988 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 19-22, 2001 scorecard
Test matches 11
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Sep 4, 1988 scorecard
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Leeds, Jun 17, 2001 scorecard
ODI matches 19
ODI statistics

John Holder was a brisk right-arm seamer who played for Hampshire between 1968 and 1972. His best season was in 1970 when he took 55 wickets at 23.27, but his most impressive performance came in 1972 when he took 6 for 49 and 7 for 79 against Gloucestershire and a month later took a hat-trick against Kent. Between 1974 and 1982 he was a professional in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Leagues, and in 1983 he joined the first-class umpires panel. He stood in his first Test in 1988, and in the next three years officiated in nine more, including four with John Hampshire in Pakistan for the series against India as one of the first neutral umpiring appointments. His final appearance came in 2001, after a ten-year absence. That summer he also umpired in the last of his 19 ODIs. His other claim to fame was that in 1987 he and Don Oslear came up with the idea of a bowl-out after the Tilcon Trophy final had been washed out after organisers requested them to think of a way of finding a winner other than a toss of the coin. The idea was subsequently introduced into all ECB competitions.
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Cover image of <i>You Are The Umpire</i>  by Paul Trevillion and John Holder

Cover image of You Are The Umpire

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An illustration from <i>You Are The Umpire</i> by Paul Trevillion and John Holder

An illustration from You Are The Umpire by Paul Trevillion and John Holder

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Apr 11, 2006

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Portrait of John Holder

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