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Willie Watson      

Full name Willie Watson

Born March 7, 1920, Bolton-on-Dearne, Yorkshire

Died April 24, 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa (aged 84 years 48 days)

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Also known as Bill, Billy

Batting style Left-hand bat

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Willie Watson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 23 37 3 879 116 25.85 2 3 2 8 0
First-class 468 753 109 25670 257 39.86 55 132 295 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 23 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 468 194 127 0 - - - 3.92 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-12, 1951 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 14-18, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939-1964
Profile

Last summer Willie and Barbara Watson and my wife and I were entertained by the president of MCC during the Lord's Test. Sir Tim Rice presented both of us with his brother Jonathan's book, One Hundred Lord's Tests, a happy reminder of the stand we had shared in against the Australians 50 years before. It was a delightful reunion, but sadly it was the last time we would meet as Willie died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 24, aged 84. However, many happy memories linger on. After all, we had toured the Caribbean and Australia together, I bowled against him for Essex, batted with him for England and trained with him on the Scarborough football ground before breakfast during the cricket festival, which was painful after several heavy nights.

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1954

Willie Watson

Willie Watson

© Wisden

1954

Willie Watson

Willie Watson

© Wisden

1953

Willie Watson hooks for four, England v Australia, Lord's, 1953

Willie Watson hooks for four

© The Cricketer International

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1954

Tour Results
England v India at Cardiff - Sep 16, 2011
England won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v India at Lord's - Sep 11, 2011
Match tied (D/L method)
England v India at The Oval - Sep 9, 2011
England won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v India at Southampton - Sep 6, 2011
England won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
England v India at Chester-le-Street - Sep 3, 2011
No result
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