William Laidlaw (cricketer)

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William Laidlaw
Personal information
Full name William Kennedy Laidlaw
Born (1912-08-26)26 August 1912
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died 4 June 1992(1992-06-04) (aged 79)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Leg break googly
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1950 Minor Counties
1948–1952 Durham
1938–1953 Scotland
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 17
Runs scored 132
Batting average 7.33
100s/50s –/–
Top score 25
Balls bowled 2,558
Wickets 42
Bowling average 29.16
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 7/70
Catches/stumpings 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 August 2011

William Kennedy Laidlaw (26 August 1912 – 4 June 1992) was a Scottish cricketer. Laidlaw was a right-handed batsman who bowled leg break googly. He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian and was educated at Melville College.

Laidlaw made his first-class debut for Scotland against Yorkshire in 1938. His debut was an overwhelming success, with Laidlaw taking 7 wickets in the Yorkshire first-innings for the cost of 70 runs.[1] He played first-class cricket for Scotland either side of World War II, making a total of 15 appearances, with his final match coming against Ireland in 1953 in Belfast.[2] A bowler, Laidlaw took 40 wickets at an average of 26.62, with two five wicket hauls, although he never managed to better the figures he took against Yorkshire in 1938.[3] His other five wicket haul came against Ireland in 1949.[4]

His performances for Scotland caught the eye of Durham, then a minor county. He made his debut for Durham in the 1948 Minor Counties Championship against Northumberland, with Laidlaw making a total of 26 appearances for the count between 1948 and 1952.[5] In 1950, he played his final two first-class matches when representing the Minor Counties against the Marylebone Cricket Club and the touring West Indians.[2]

Outside of cricket, he worked as an accountant.[6] He died in the city of his birth on 4 June 1992.


  1. ^ "Yorkshire v Scotland, 1938". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by William Laidlaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "First-class Bowling For Each Team by William Laidlaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ireland v Scotland, 1949". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by William Laidlaw". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Player profile: William Kennedy Laidlaw". Cricket Scotland. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 

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