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Don Wilson dies, aged 74 Published: 23 July 2012

Don Wilson, the former MCC Head Coach and England and Yorkshire spinner, has died in hospital in York, aged 74.

Wilson played six Tests for England in his career, as well as being a key component in a memorable Yorkshire side, which featured the likes of Geoffrey Boycott and Ray Illingworth. He lifted an astonishing seven County Championship trophy's during his career, as Yorkshire dominated English county cricket.

Born in Settle in 1937, Wilson went on to take 1189 first-class wickets in 422 matches, at a superb average of just 21.00.

After retiring in 1974, he joined MCC at Lord's as Head Coach, where he worked with the MCC Young Cricketers scheme. Notable players who 'graduated' from the Lord's 'groundstaff' during Wilson's stint included Mark Waugh and Phil Tufnell.

Following his spell at the Home of Cricket, Wilson went on to coach England's Jonny Bairstow during his time at Ampleforth College.

He was succeeded as MCC's Head Coach by another former England cricketer, Clive Radley, who now coaches the MCC Universities combined team. Mark Alleyne is the current MCC Head Coach.


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