Holcombe Douglas Read
January 28, 1910, Woodford Green, Essex
January 05, 2000, Truro, Cornwall, (aged 89y 342d)
Right hand Bat
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.
Batting & Fielding