Biography in Brief

  • 16th February 1954 was the auspicious day I entered the world at 29 Dunrobin Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica.
  • The last of four children, born to Ralph & Enid Holding.
  • My Father, Ralph a private building contractor, was a keen cricketer and footballer, playing both games for Melbourne Club.
  • My Mother, Enid, was a Schoolteacher and Head Mistress who trained in both England and Jamaica.
  • Rheima, Marjorie, Ralph Junior are my Sisters and Brother.
  • I played my first representative match in 1964 for the Dunrobin area team for a Rankine Cup match at Redhills Oval as an off-spin bowler who could bat a bit.
  • On the strength of that my Father arranged for Teddy Griffith, son of the famous Barbadian & West Indian fast bowler Herman Griffiths, to coach me.
  • Herman Griffiths claim to fame was he once bowled Donald Bradman for 0 in a Test at Sydney in 1931. The First test won by the West Indies.
  • Following in the footsteps of my Father and Brother, I started at one of Jamaica's most illustrious boys' schools, Kingston College in 1965, where my games master, Trevor Parchment, drafted me into the College cricket team.
  • My sporting prowess flourished at Kingston College, and I still hold the School high jump record for the under 12's. 4' 11 1/4" or 1.504 metres!
  • My first captain at KC was Sydney Headley youngest son of the great George Headley.
  • My style of bowling changed from off-spin to fast (what is known in Jamaica as "a pacer in a hurry").
  • This was where I developed my long run up. The reason? It was the most comfortable way for me to bowl.
  • In my final year I became Captain with an unbeaten record and had entered the Jamaican National Side in the under 19's.
  • This was the beginning of a magnificent time in my life.