D.A.J. Holford


D.A.J. Holford 105* v EnglandBack to boards

David Holford’s first and only test century came in his second appearance for the West Indies, putting on a huge 274-run partnership with his cousin Sir Garfield Sobers in a drawn 1966 encounter at Lord’s.

West Indies were the first to bat, reaching an under par 269 as plenty of batters got started but failed to go on. England replied with 355, giving them a lead of 86.

Defeat loomed large for the West Indies when they fell to 95-5, but Holford (105*) and Sobers (163*) had other ideas as their mammoth undefeated stand eventually prompted a declaration on 369/5.

A swashbuckling 126 not out from Colin Milburn - featuring 17 fours and three sixes - gave England a chance of victory, but time was against them and they had to settle for a draw on 197/4.

Victories in three of the five tests - two of which by an innings - meant the dominant West Indies side ran out 3-1 winners.