John Brian Bolus
John Brian Bolus
January 31, 1934, Whitkirk, Leeds, Yorkshire
Right-hand bat, Left-arm medium, Administrator
29 September 1960. YCCC Cap No. 103.
BATTING AND FIELDING AVERAGES
Brian Bolus debuted for Yorkshire in 1956, and played there for seven years before moving to Nottinghamshire, whom he eventually captained in 1972. He became the third player to be capped by three counties when he moved again to captain Derbyshire in 1973 (he was also the first to captain two different counties in successive seasons) before concluding a 19-year career in 1975.
In 1959 Yorkshire were destroyed by Smith and Brown of Gloucestershire at Bristol and only Bolus (12) reached double figures as Yorkshire were rolled for 35. Bolus was promoted to open the batting as Yorkshire followed on and played for almost 4 hours, scoring 91 of Yorkshire's 182. In 1960 he hit two centuries and his 146 not out against Hampshire was the highest of his Yorkshire career.
In the 1990s he was on the England selection committee.
Bolus was unfortunate not to play more than seven Tests. His average of over 40 reflects consistent run-scoring and he rarely failed. Possibly his inability to turn good starts into centuries told against him, with none of his four Test fifties taking him any higher than 88. He had a good tour of India in 1963-64, yet oddly was not considered to play against Australia in 1964, despite England initially struggling to find an opening pair. By the end of that series, however, Boycott and Edrich were firmly established in that position and Bolus did not get another opportunity.
He was a good strokeplayer, with a good cut and cover drive. In defence he favoured the use of his rather large pads, and showed in his few Test appearances that he was not overawed by the occasion, hitting Wes Hall back over his head at the Oval for four off the first ball he faced in a Test. He was also a useful left-handed medium pace bowler.