Errol (E.R.T.) Holmes Trophy for Batting
The first President of LNZCC was Errol (E.R.T) Holmes, for whom is named the batting trophy for highest aggregate by a batsman in a season. Holmes was born in Calcutta in 1905 and played 301 first-class games for Oxford University, Surrey and 5 tests for England. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1936, which is one of the highest honours in the game. Although English and an officer in the Royal Artillery, he had the rare honour of being decorated by the US Air Force for his liaison work with one of their bomber groups in WW2 service. Holmes played his last game of first class cricket for Surrey in 1955, at the age of 49! Of course, that was after he had been instrumental - with Trevor Campbell – in helping establish LNZCC under the auspices of the MCC.
Full listing of awards winners: ERT batting trophy