Percy Holmes

Percy Holmes

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05 Nov 2017, 17:05 #1

JollyD
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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
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05 Nov 2017, 17:05 #2

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November 4 2017, 11:54 AM

JolyD wrote,

"I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some
statistics guru can either confirm or refute that."

You are quite correct. Percy Holmes scored 60 centuries for Yorkshire. Of course, his career was interrupted by the Great War; having first played for the County in 1913; when he would have been at the height of his powers.

The first century (exactly, 100) was against Notts in 1919 and his last (224 not out) was his share of the 555 against Essex in what was to be his final season (1932). (There is a similarity with Lehmann here, in that in some sense, both went out on a "high"). After that he was in and out of the side (presumably due to the "injury" which ultimately finished his career) with a series of scores in the 60's, 70's and 80's, of which 87 against Surrey at Bramall Lane was the highest. In his last game at the beginning of August, against Leicestershire at the old Aylestone Road Ground, he scored 4 in the first innings and Yorkshire won by an innings and 169 runs, so he did not get a chance to improve on his first innings performance.

Of the 60 centuries, he had eight scores of over 200, of which two progressed to over 300.

His highest (315 not out) was against Middlesex in 1925. This was an unusual score as no-one else got over 61 runs for YCCC.

The link ihttp://cricketarchive.com/Yorkshire/Sco ... 11512.html
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05 Nov 2017, 17:07 #3

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
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November 4 2017, 1:57 PM

Thank you, BrickyardBoy for your most interesting development of the Percy Holmes theme. There is no sport like cricket for fascinating statistics and the stories which often accompany them.
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05 Nov 2017, 17:07 #4

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
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November 4 2017, 3:10 PM

Continuing my researches about Percy Holmes I have, this afternoon, come across a cricketing oddity. Not only did Percy Holmes share with Herbert Sutcliffe, the highest partnership in English domestic first class cricket (i.e. 555) he also played in 555 First Class Matches during his career. An interesting numerical co-incidence!

I came across this titbit whilst trying to discover what part he played in hostilities between 1914 and 1918. So far I have found nothing definitive, except that there was a Private Percy Holmes in the West Yorkshire Regiment. Whether this was our Percy, or some other Percy, I have been unable to arrive at a conclusive position.

Does anyone have knowledge about this?

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05 Nov 2017, 17:09 #5

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
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November 5 2017, 11:25 AM

I believe BrickyardBoy and I may have inadvertently hijacked this 'Lancashire youth policy' thread with our interpolations about Percy Holmes. If so, perhaps the moderators can weave their technological magic to move the material to a different thread (?).
Meanwhile, Percy was a Huddersfield man who lived, I believe, in Oakes. His 'local' (about two miles away) was the Wappy Spring Inn. Indeed, one of his nicknames in the dressing room is rumoured to have been 'Wappy'. He would occasionally take other Yorkshire players there, including Herbert Sutcliffe. At one time the inn was half in Huddersfield and half in Halifax. It still exists but is now entirely on the Huddersfield side of the M62.
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05 Nov 2017, 20:56 #6

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
Great work Stu!
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05 Nov 2017, 22:06 #7

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
I'm embarrassed to know so little about Holmes, his record-setting partnerships with Sutcliffe apart. I know he played for England, just one Test, I believe, or one series - need to check.

I did read somewhere - perhaps here or on t' Corridor - that he queered his own pitch by responding aggressively to Lord Hawke's use of his surname ("Come here, Holmes!") and was never selected for England again.

Anyone know this story?

And are there any descriptions of his batting? Cardus wrote extensively about Herbert, but I don't remember any purple prose on Percy.
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05 Nov 2017, 22:14 #8

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
I suppose there was a bloke called Hobbs getting in his way for much of his career. Worse players have had full England carers though.
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05 Nov 2017, 23:36 #9

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
Hobbs, Sandham, Sutcliffe, Holmes - just like England's current opening batsman riches. I'm hopeful for Cook & Stoneman, though. Cook has nothing to prove, and I've been going on about Stoneman for years. How clever of Surrey to turn him into an International player!

Who are the other great England opening partners? Hobbs & Sutcliffe, obviously. Hutton & Washbrook? Boycott & Edrich? Gooch & Atherton? Strauss & Cook?

I'm not sure there have been many. Am I forgetting an obvious pair? Boycott & Barber, Richardson & Cowdrey, Broad & Athey, Gooch & Robinson were all Ashes winners, I think.
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06 Nov 2017, 07:16 #10

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November 3 2017, 5:29 PM

I believe Percy Holmes' share of the record breaking stand of 555, was his last century. No doubt some statistics guru can either confirm or refute that.
Hobbs and Rhodes.
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