ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) today paid tribute to David Holford, the former West Indies allrounder who passed away on Monday in his homeland Barbados. He was 82. As a leg spinner and lower middle-order batsman who played 24 Test matches between 1966 and 1977.
His finest hour came during the Lord’s Test of 1966 when he made a magnificent unbeaten century, as part of a historic partnership of 274 with his cousin Garfield Sobers. In just his third Test innings, Holford made 105 not out to help save West Indies from the danger of 95-5 in the second innings. His best bowling figures were 5-23 against India in the first innings which helped set up a victory at Kensington Oval in 1976.
He was also captain of Barbados and led them to the Shell Shield title, and briefly played for Trinidad and Tobago. After retirement Holford held several roles in the game. He was President of the Spartan Club, Director of the Barbados Cricket Association, West Indies Selector, and Manager of the West Indies team.