Full Name

Donald Wilson


August 07, 1937, Settle, Yorkshire


July 21, 2012, York Hospital, (aged 74y 349d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox


Don Wilson was Yorkshire's left-arm successor to Johnny Wardle, and he served the county well during their last sustained period of success. Tall and wiry, he was a favourite with spectators, taking 100 wickets in a season five times, including in three of the seven seasons he was part of their Championship-winning side, and in 1966 he took two hat-tricks. He toured twice with England, to India in 1963-64 and to Australia and New Zealand in 1970-71, Five of his six Tests came on the subcontinent, with the sixth against New Zealand as a reward at the end of a long Ashes series. He also played twice for England against Rest of the World in 1970, matches that were subsequently stripped of their status as Tests by the ICC. He retired from Yorkshire in 1974 and took up the role of MCC's chief coach at Lord's, a position he held until 1991. He continued his links with the game by returning to Yorkshire as coach at Ampleforth College.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A655185014611.6500220
List A6528211641826/186/1820.013.4934.4220
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1957 - 1974
List A Matches
1963 - 1972


Don Wilson
Don Wilson
MCC head coach Don Wilson with Paul Crump, a 16-year-old accepted into a training programme
Yorkshire captain Brian Close holds the Gillette Cup aloft
Brian Close, Vic Wilson, Melville Ryan and Don Wilson celebrate the victory over Glamorgan
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