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Full name Albert John Watkins
Born April 21, 1922, Usk, Monmouthshire
Died August 3, 2011, Kidderminster, Worcestershire (aged 89 years 104 days)
Major teams England, Glamorgan
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
|Test debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-18, 1948 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at Manchester, Jul 17-19, 1952 scorecard|
Allan Watkins was a key member of Glamorgan's first Championship-winning side, in 1948, and in the same summer he became their first player to appear in an Ashes Test - it was a torrid baptism as he made 0 and 7, was badly hurt when hit on the shoulder by Ray Lindwall and only able to bowl four overs. He was a genuine allrounder at county level, a defensive middle-order batsman and a medium-fast swing bowler. However, in his Test career the popular Watkins delivered only as a batsman, even though he opened the bowling on his debut. Thirteen of his 15 caps came against India and South Africa, and both his centuries came overseas against them: 111 at Johannesburg in 1948-49, and 137 not out at Delhi three years later. Watkins was a serious asthma sufferer, and doctors eventually advised him to give up first-class cricket midway through the 1962 season. He went on to coach schools, most notably Framlingham and Oundle. Watkins also played football for Plymouth Argyle and Cardiff City.
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