Good win for Walsden, where umpire has international class

Former test umpire John Holder
Former test umpire John Holder

WHILE Walsden had a another good win at Scott Street on Saturday it was one of the umpires who took centre stage.

For the Central Lancashire League game against Werneth, retired international umpire John Holder was one of the officials.

It was not too taxing for the former first class umpire and former Hampshire player as Walsden easily won by nine wickets.

Holder was a brisk right-arm seamer who played for Hampshire between 1968 and 1972. Between 1974 and 1982, Holder, who lives in the Rochdale area was a professional in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Leagues, and in 1983 he joined the first-class umpires panel.

He stood in his first Test in 1988, and in the next three years officiated in nine more, including four with John Hampshire in Pakistan for the series against India as one of the first neutral umpiring appointments.

He retired as a first class umpire in 2009.

Walsden had little trouble despatching Werneth for 92. Jamie Shackleton took five for 25 and Duminda Perera four for 27.

Walsden knocked the runs off easily despite an early scare losing Matthew Dawson for six. Perera (40) and Jake Hooson (24) saw them home.

l ON Friday Walsden’s Twenty/20 side lost at Milnrow.

They scored 82 all out with Martin Harlow (26) and Perera (18) being the only ones to get to grips with the home bowling.

Milnrow in reply scored 83 for the loss of only four wickets.