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Obituary: BILL HOLDSWORTH

— 2 August 2016

Bill Holdsworth, one of several bowlers to play alongside Fred Trueman in the early 1950s, died on Sunday, July 31, at the age of 87.

Born in Armley, Bill lived in Tockwith, North Yorkshire, with his wife, Janet, and was a staunch member of the Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association, regularly attending the annual meeting as well as a variety of other functions.

Following the retirement of Alex Coxon, Bill was one of several fast bowlers Yorkshire called upon at a time when a young and fiery Trueman was also making his mark.

He played in 27 first class matches for his native county in the 1952 and 1953 seasons and he began the latter campaign by capturing five for 21 in the Essex second innings in the opening fixture at Hull, the visitors’ last pair holding out to save the game.

Later that season he enjoyed his career-best figures of six for 58 against Derbyshire at Scarborough to bring Yorkshire victory by 109 runs.

Although he claimed 35 of his total of 53 wickets in 1953 he was not called upon again but he remained a very keen and effective league cricketer.

A baker by trade, he was with Lidget Green in 1950 and went as professional to Stalybridge the following year. In 1953 he played for Chester-le-Street and moved to Farsley in 1954.

Bill switched to Bradford for the 1959 and 1960 seasons when they won the Priestley Cup. He was president of Otley Golf Club in 1990.

The funeral service will be at The Stonefall Crematorium, Harrogate, on the Wetherby Road opposite the entrance to the Great Yorkshire Showground, at 2.20pm on Friday, August 12. Afterwards, mourners are invited to The Mercure Hotel, Wetherby, for refreshments.

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