Test cricketer Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer

Robert ‘Dutchy’ Holland dies after battle with brain cancer LEGEND: Newcastle leg-spinner Bob Holland in action during ‘s Ashes tour of England in 1985.
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HAPPIER TIMES: Carolyn gives Robert a congratulatory kiss after he was named in the 1985 Ashes touring squad, two days after NSW won the Sheffield Shield final.

LOYAL SERVANT: Robert Holland batting for the Hunter Lord’s Taverners against a Central Coast side in 2011 at Awaba Oval. Picture: Ryan Osland

Celebrating a wicket for NSW against WA

Holland dismisses Indian great Sunil Gavaskar caught and bowled while playing for Northern at No.1 Sportsground in 1978.

Holland with Murray Bennett in 1985.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Sunday night.

“He showedno pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My familywere amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two.

“He went to the grand final of the Newcastle baseball and watched his grandson play intwo games.

“He had a bad night last night and Mum decided to take himto hospital this morning. It was confirmed he had broken a few ribs.”

Holland was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer in late March and had surgery a week later to remove part of the tumour, followed bychemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Craig said his father had “quickly and peacefully passed away” after suffering the brain bleed.

“We knew this day was coming, but we thought considering how well he had been we had more time,” he said.

“My family are humbled by and appreciate the support of the community and his friends fortheir support in the past and recent difficult times.”

Holland made his Test debut in 1984 at the age of 38and famously spun to victory with 10 wickets against the West Indies at the SCG in early 1985.

He played in that year’s Ashes series in England and took another 10-wicket haul against New Zealand in Adelaide.He appeared in 11 Tests in all, taking 34 wickets, and in 95 first-class matches, most of them for the Blues, and was still playing state cricket into his forties.

Friend and Test batsman RickMcCoskertold the Newcastle Heraldin July that Holland’s popularity extended throughout the cricketing world.

“They’ve always respected him, not just the guys he played with but the guys he played against, whether it was for the n team or the NSW team,” McCosker said at a function where his friend was presented with life membership of the Hunter branch of The Lord’s Taverners .

Holland last played for the Lord’s Taverners, a cricketing charity organisation, early last year.

The Southern Lakes life member and former president was awarded an Order of Medal in January after decades of service to the sport as a player, coach and administrator.

“He’s already got a wonderful legacy of what he’s done. Nothing can take that away,” McCosker said.

He is survived by hiswife Carolyn, sons Craig and Rohan and daughter Naomi.

Cricket NSW pays tributeCricket NSW has paid tribute to former NSW and n spinner Bob Holland.

Cricket NSW chief executive Andrew Jones said Mr Holland was not only a fine player, coach, administrator and mentor but also a delightful man.

“Bob’s death is a sad loss for Newcastle, NSW and n cricket,” Mr Jones said.

“He was an inspiration as a player, not only because of his skills but also his persistence. He was first picked for NSW at the age of 32 and became a cult hero during the mid `80s when chosen for at the age of 38.”

“I and many others will never forget Bob’s performance at the SCG in 1984 against the West Indies, when the world’s nicest man beat the world’s most feared cricket team”.

​Cricket NSW chairman John Warn said that in addition to his career at State and International level, Holland made an enormous contribution to the game at grassroots level.

“Bob gave us an enormous amount of pleasure as a player and put even more back into the game,” Mr Warn said.

Holland’s contributions include:

• 427 games for Southern Lakes/Toronto Workers Cricket Club, where he took 1,127 wickets, including 67 five-wicket hauls

• Holding all committee positions at Southern Lakes at various times, Culminating in 16 years as President

• Regular contributions as a coach to Toronto Workers Academy, Hunter Academy of Sport, Hunter Sports High School, various Newcastle youth representative squads, multiple Newcastle Grade clubs, many Level 1 coaching courses and numerous young spin bowlers

• Leadership in the implementation of MILO in2Cricket in the Newcastle region, which is the game’s entry-level program

He is a Life Member of Toronto Workers Cricket Club (1978) and Newcastle District Cricket Association and was also inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.

“We will miss Bob’s genial and warm-hearted nature,” Mr Warn said. “Our thoughts are with his wife Carolyn and family at this difficult time.

“Bob will forever be a member of the NSW cricket family.”

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