Bill Lawton

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Bill Lawton
Personal information
Full name
William Lawton
Born(1920-06-04)4 June 1920
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Died14 August 2008(2008-08-14) (aged 88)
Brighton, Sussex, England
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 2
Runs scored 3
Batting average 1.50
100s/50s –/–
Top score 3
Balls bowled 126
Wickets 1
Bowling average 64.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/0
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 March 2011

William Lawton (4 June 1920 – 14 August 2008) was an English cricketer. Lawton was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

Having played for the Lancashire Second XI since 1946, he made his first-class debut for the senior Lancashire team in 1948 against the touring Australians. Lawton did not take a wicket in this match, and was dismissed for a duck by Bill Johnston in Lancashire's first-innings.[1] His second and final first-class match came in the same season against Oxford University.[2] In Lancashire's first-innings, Lawton scored three runs before being dismissed by Basil Robinson. His only first-class wicket came in Oxford's first-innings when he took the wicket of Philip Whitcombe.[3] He later played for Cumberland, making his debut for the county in its first Minor Counties Championship match in 1955 against the Yorkshire Second XI. He played eight Minor Counties Championship matches for Cumberland.[4] He also played football for a while for Oldham Athletic during the 1940s and Colwyn Bay during the 1950s.[5] He played as a wing-half.[6]

Lawton was married to the actress Dora Bryan, whom he met in Oldham during World War II. They were married in Werneth St Thomas, Oldham in 1954.[5] He once co-owned Clarges Hotel on the Brighton seafront with his wife, which was used as an exterior location in the films Carry On Girls and Carry on at Your Convenience. He and his wife were forced to sell the bulk of the building as a result of bankruptcy, but they retained a flat with a sea view on the first floor for many years. Lawton died in Brighton on 14 August 2008 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was survived by his wife, with whom he had three children.[5]


  1. ^ "Lancashire v Australians, 1948". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  2. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Bill Lawton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Oxford University v Lancashire, 1948". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Bill Lawton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Dora's farewell to beloved Bill". Oldham Chronicle. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  6. ^ "Bill Lawton". Barry Hugman's Footballers.

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