Barbados and West Indies cricket has lost one of its fabled players of the 1960’s with the passing yesterday of all-rounder David Holford at the age of 82 after a long illness.
Holford was a handy lower-order batsman and wily leg-spinner, who played 24 test matches between 1966 and 1977.
He scored 768 runs including one century and three half-centuries at an average of 22.58, and took 51 wickets at 39.39.
His century of 105 not out, in only his second test, was a match-saving effort against England at Lord’s in 1966, as he added 274 for the sixth wicket with his cousin and Captain Garry Sobers, now the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, who made an unbeaten 163.
In 99 first-class matches, Holford scored 3821 runs containing three centuries, 253 wickets with a best haul of eight for 52 and held 83 catches.
He was also Barbados’ most successful captain in the Shell Shield Championship, leading the side to five of six titles they captured in the 1970s.