Posted by Tony Hutton
Reading the book reviews in the Winter Edition of 'The Cricket Statistician' I came across one headed 'Born in Bolton'. This is a recent book by Geoff Ogden on first class cricketers born in Bolton which the reviewer, Richard Lawrence, compares with a previous volume written on the many cricketers produced by Reading, which included both Peter May and Alec Bedser.
Bolton certainly has an impressive list which includes such names as Dick Barlow from the distant past and Haseeb Hameed very much of the present. Also listed are such well known names as Charlie Hallows, Mike Watkinson, Bill Farrimond, Frank Tyson, Walter Brearley, Dick Tyldesley and Roy Tattersall. The side would undoubtedly be captained by the one and only Jack Bond.
At the end of his review Mr Lawrence wondered what other towns have similar claims to fame for the production of great cricketing names. There is only one real answer, which I conveyed by e-mail fairly rapidly, as Huddersfield must stand supreme in this regard. Not only the great triumvirate of Hirst, Rhodes and Haigh, who stand out from the past, but almost a full team of England Test players, with perhaps one whose career was cut short by injury making up what would be an unbeatable eleven.