Vic Wilson (cricketer)

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Vic Wilson
Personal information
Full name John Victor Wilson
Born (1921-01-17)17 January 1921
Scampston, Malton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 5 June 2008(2008-06-05) (aged 87)
Yedingham, Malton, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Left-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role No 3 or middle-order batsman, captain
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946–63 Yorkshire
First-class debut 12 June 1946 Yorkshire v Warwickshire
Last First-class 12 July 1963 MCC v Scotland
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 502
Runs scored 21,650
Batting average 31.33
100s/50s 30/119
Top score 230
Balls bowled 692
Wickets 9
Bowling average 48.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/1
Catches/stumpings 549/–
Source: CricketArchive, 7 June 2008

John Victor "Vic" Wilson (17 January 1921 – 5 June 2008) was an English first-class cricketer, who played for and captained Yorkshire.[1] He was born in Scampston, Malton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England.[2]

Wilson made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 1946,[1] as a left-handed batsman, and a very occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He was also an occasional wicket-keeper and a talented fielder close to the bat.[2] In 1954-55, he was a surprise selection for the MCC tour to Australia and New Zealand under Leonard Hutton, but he never adjusted to the fast pace of Australian pitches, and was not picked for any of the Test matches. He also represented MCC at home in 1962 and 1963.[2]

Though he was by then far from guaranteed a place in the first team, Wilson survived the purge of Yorkshire's playing staff in 1958 which saw Johnny Wardle, Bob Appleyard and Frank Lowson leave the staff and a new young team take shape under the captaincy of Ronnie Burnet. After Burnet retired, Wilson was appointed as the first professional county captain of Yorkshire in 1960. He had a successful tenure, leading the club to the County Championship title in 1960 and 1962. He retired in 1962,[1] and was succeeded by Brian Close for the 1963 season.

Wilson was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1961.[2]

Wilson died in his home in Yedingham, Malton, on 5 June 2008, aged 87.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vic Wilson at ESPNcricinfo retrieved 6 June 2008
  3. ^ Vic Wilson dies aged 87 from CricInfo retrieved 6 June 2008

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