Don Wilson (cricketer)

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Don Wilson
Personal information
Full name Donald Wilson
Born (1937-08-07)7 August 1937
Settle, Yorkshire, England
Died 21 July 2012(2012-07-21) (aged 74)
York, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 6 422
Runs scored 75 6,230
Batting average 12.50 14.09
100s/50s –/– 1/10
Top score 42 112
Balls bowled 1472 69,672
Wickets 11 1,189
Bowling average 42.36 21.00
5 wickets in innings 50
10 wickets in match 8
Best bowling 2/17 8/36
Catches/stumpings 1/– 250/–

Donald Wilson (7 August 1937 – 21 July 2012) was an English cricketer, who played in six Tests for England from 1964 to 1971.[1] His first-class cricket career (1957–1974) was spent with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and he later became a noted cricket coach. He was born in Settle, Yorkshire and died at York.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Wilson made his first-class debut in 1957 but his regular cricket began two years later when he succeeded Johnny Wardle as Yorkshire's left-arm spinner, winning his Yorkshire cap in 1960. He was then an integral part of Yorkshire's formidable side that won seven County Championship titles between 1959 and 1968. He was tall and wiry, relying on bounce more than savage side spin, and took 100 wickets in a season five times, including three of the seven seasons he was part of the Championship-winning side. He also secured two hat-tricks in 1966.

Derek Underwood owned the left arm spinner's spot in the England side during Wilson's career, but he ventured abroad twice with the national team. He toured India in 1963-64, where he played all five Test matches, and to Australia and New Zealand in 1970-71, where he played against New Zealand, at the end of Ray Illingworth's successful Ashes campaign. He also played twice for England against the Rest of the World in 1970, after the cancellation of the South Africa tour. These were counted as full Test matches at the time, but were later stripped of their status.

Wilson retired from Yorkshire in 1974,[3] disillusioned by Geoffrey Boycott's captaincy, and took up the role as the MCC's chief coach at Lord's, a position he held until 1991.[4] He then continued his lifelong involvement in the game by returning to Yorkshire, as coach at Ampleforth College.

Wilson also played Bradford League Cricket for Manningham Mills In season 1979, along with Phil Sharpe, gaining the Priestly cup


  1. ^ "Don Wilson". Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Don Wilson, former Yorkshire and England spinner, dies at 74". Retrieved 2012-07-22. 
  3. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 382. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  4. ^ Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 188. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 

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