Alfred Holdship

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Alfred Holdship
Personal information
Full name Alfred Richardson Holdship
Born (1867-10-15)15 October 1867
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 28 January 1923(1923-01-28) (aged 55)
Sydney, Australia
Batting Right-handed
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 21
Runs scored 801
Batting average 23.55
100s/50s 0/7
Top score 79
Balls bowled 872
Wickets 15
Bowling average 26.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/6
Catches/stumpings 15/0
Source: Cricket Archive, 14 March 2014

Alfred Richardson Holdship (15 October 1867 – 28 January 1923) was the second captain of the New Zealand cricket team.


Born in Auckland, Holdship was sent to England for his education, first to Cheltenham College, where he played cricket in the First XI, then to Caius College, Cambridge University. He received a BA degree, then studied law at the Inner Temple in London, was called to the Bar in 1892, and returned to New Zealand to practise law in Wellington.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

A stylish batsman with a wide range of shots, a brilliant fieldsman and an occasional bowler,[2] Holdship made his first-class debut in December 1893, captaining Wellington against Auckland.[3] In the return match in January he made 70, the highest score on either side.[4] In February he played in New Zealand's first international match, against the touring New South Wales team.[5]

He continued to captain Wellington. When New South Wales returned in 1895-96 he captained New Zealand to their first victory.[6] He played again for New Zealand, but not as captain, in 1896-97, this time against Queensland, when he made the side's top score of 69 in another victory.[7]

He made the highest score of his career, 79, also the highest score in the match, when he captained Wellington to an innings victory over Canterbury in 1897-98.[8] His last match was against Canterbury in 1898-99, when he once again made Wellington's highest score, 65, but was unable to avert an innings defeat.[9]

Later life[edit]

In 1914 Holdship was admitted to the Bar in Sydney.[10] He died in Sydney aged 55, survived by his wife Maude.[11]


  1. ^ The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (1897) Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ Cobcroft, L. T. (21 October 1922). "At the Wickets". NZ Truth: 9. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  3. ^ Auckland v Wellington 1893-94
  4. ^ Wellington v Auckland 1893-94
  5. ^ New Zealand v New South Wales 1893-94
  6. ^ New Zealand v New South Wales 1895-96
  7. ^ New Zealand v Queensland 1896-97
  8. ^ Wellington v Canterbury 1897-98
  9. ^ Canterbury v Wellington 1898-99
  10. ^ Auckland Star, 31 July 1914, p. 6.
  11. ^ Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 1923, p. 8.

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