Tuesday 10 July 2012 

Eric Hollies

Black countryman Hollies made an anonyomous start to his county career in 1932, yet at final retirement in 1957 his 2201 wickets, average 20.45, were not only the Warwickshire record but nearly 1,000 more wickets than the county's second most prolific bowler.

Hollies' record was astounding. Fourteen times he exceeded 100 wickets in a season (next best is seven) and, uniquely for the county, took 50 wickets in a month three times.

His career best 10 for 49 against Notts in 1946 needed no help from his fielders (7 bowled, 3 lbw).

Never treated well by England's selectors, 13 Tests and 44 wickets in no way reflect his potential, but he did achieve immortality when bowling Bradman for a duck in the latter's last Test and ruining his three-figure average.