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FORMER YORKSHIRE FAST BOWLER PHILIP HODGSON DIES, AGED 79

— 16 April 2015

Philip Hodgson, the tallest of Yorkshire’s armoury of fast bowlers in the mid-1950s, died on March 30, at the age of 79.

Philip, who was born in Todmorden and had lived in Hornsea for many years, stood 6ft 8in tall, and he played in 13 matches for Yorkshire between 1954-56.

He would probably have had a much longer career for his county had he not faced strong competition for a place from a battery of talented bowlers at the time – including Fred Trueman, Bob Appleyard, Brian Close, Mike Cowan, Bob Platt and Mel Ryan.

Nevertheless, Philip was able to recall several notable achievements in what was a very happy time for him and he remembered those days with pride throughout his life.

In Yorkshire’s match against the Pakistanis at Bramall Lane in June, 1954, he twice claimed the considerable scalp of Hanif Mohammad (lbw and caught by Norman Yardley) after sharing the new ball with Close. Yorkshire went on to win the game by seven wickets, the Tourists being made to follow-on after Close had hit an unbeaten 123 in the first innings.

Philip had made his debut for Yorkshire in the previous game against Essex at Romford which the visitors won by eight wickets. On that occasion he opened the bowling with Appleyard, claiming 3-43 in the first innings while his more experienced partner captured 3-58 and followed up with 5-51.

Ted Lester thrashed 163 in Yorkshire’s 386-9 before Essex followed on. Sadly, Appleyard, Lester and Hodgson all died within a fortnight of each other last month.

There was also a notable end to Philip’s county career because in his last match against Kent in August, 1956, he clean bowled Colin Cowdrey for eight in a rain-hit draw. His best bowling return was 5-41 against Sussex at Hove in 1954.

Philip, who had served in the RAF, also turned out for Combined Services and at Cardiff Arms Park in 1956 he took 4-29 in Glamorgan’s first innings.

He played League cricket with Sheffield United from 1951 and also enjoyed spells with Pudsey St Lawrence, Almondbury, York and Hull up to his retirement from the game in 1982.

He was a teacher for many years in the Hornsea and Hull areas and his pastimes included building model aeroplanes. He leaves a daughter, Sally.

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