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
Died21 July 2012(2012-07-21) (aged 74)
York, Yorkshire, England
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 418)10 January 1964 v India
Last Test25 February 1971 v New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 6 422 65
Runs scored 75 6,230 501
Batting average 12.50 14.09 11.65
100s/50s 0/0 1/10 0/0
Top score 42 112 46
Balls bowled 1,472 69,672 2,821
Wickets 11 1,189 82
Bowling average 42.36 21.00 20.01
5 wickets in innings 0 50 2
10 wickets in match 0 8 0
Best bowling 2/17 8/36 6/18
Catches/stumpings 1/– 250/– 22/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 April 2017

Donald Wilson (7 August 1937 – 21 July 2012) was an English cricketer, who played in six Test matches for England from 1964 to 1971.[1] His first-class cricket career, which lasted from 1957 to 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, winning the Priestley Cup.


  1. ^ "Don Wilson". Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Don Wilson, former Yorkshire and England spinner, dies at 74". Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  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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