Alexander Wilkinson      

Full name William Alexander Camac Wilkinson

Born December 6, 1892, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Died September 19, 1983, Storrington, Sussex (aged 90 years 287 days)

Major teams Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow

Education Eton College; Oxford University

Relation Father - WOC Wilkinson

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 89 162 10 4785 129 31.48 8 49 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 89 548 385 12 4/32 32.08 4.21 45.6 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1912 - 1939

Colonel William Alexander Wilkinson CAMAC, DSO, MC, GM, was a soldier of great gallantry in two wars and a cricketer who overcame a serious handicap to become one of the most consistent batsmen of his day in a high class of club cricket and indeed, when the opportunity offered, in first-class cricket. A legendary character whose outspokenness knew no close season, he was no respecter of persons; yet he is seldom mentioned by anyone who knew him without genuine affection. Leaving Eton too young to have been in the XI and finishing his school education in Australia, where his father, an old Middlesex cricketer, was in practice as a doctor, he went up to Oxford and got his Blue in his third year, 1913, largely on the strength of an innings of 129 in an hour and a half against MCC, in which, Wisden says, he hit with delightful freedom all round the wicket. In 1914 he had a poor season and lost his place. He had also represented Oxford twice in the hurdles. In the war he was shot through the right hand and narrowly avoided amputation. As it was, though he could put his hand on the bat it had little strength. His beautiful cutting, however, remained as much a feature of his play as his skill on the leg. Despite his handicap he was not a slow scorer. Almost as remarkable as his batting was his fielding. Though much of the work on his right side had to be done back-handed by his left hand, he was never reckoned a liability in the field.

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