|Full name||Willie Watson|
|Born||7 March 1920|
Bolton upon Dearne, Yorkshire, England
|Died||24 April 2004 84) (aged|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Test debut||7 June 1951 v South Africa|
|Last Test||14 March 1959 v New Zealand|
Willie Watson,(7 March 1920 – 24 April 2004) was an English cricketer, who played for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England. He was a double international, as Watson was also a footballer who played for England's national team. He was the son of Billy Watson, and brother of Albert Watson, also footballers.
Born in Bolton on Dearne, Yorkshire, England,Watson, a left-handed batsman, made his debut for Yorkshire in 1939, and was a regular in the side for a dozen years after World War II. He made his Test match debut against the South Africans in 1951, and did well. But at a time when England was rich in batting talent, Watson rarely commanded a regular place and his twenty three Test matches were spread across eight years. His most famous innings was one of 109, in almost six hours, which with Trevor Bailey contributing to a partnership of 163, enabled England to save the second Test at Lord's in 1953 against the Australians, when the game appeared to be lost.
Despite being a stylish left-hander, his Test career was a series of stops and starts. He even found himself dropped after his efforts at Lord's for the final Ashes series clinching victory.Nevertheless, he was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1954.
Watson toured in the West Indies in 1953–54, and scored his second Test century in Jamaica. His final Test appearance was in New Zealand in March 1959. Watson's highest first-class score was 257, for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against British Guiana at Georgetown.
Watson's cricket career received a late boost when, in 1958, he left Yorkshire and joined Leicestershire as assistant secretary and captain.A popular if quiet skipper, he temporarily regained his England place, and was also instrumental in a limited revival of the Leicestershire's fortunes. He played his last first-class match for Leicestershire in 1964.
He wrote his memoirs, Double International, in 1956.
Watson emigrated to South Africa in 1968, to coach the Wanderers.He died in Johannesburg in April 2004, at the age of 84.
|Full name||Willie Watson|
|Date of birth||7 March 1920|
|Place of birth||Bolton on Dearne, Yorkshire, England|
|Date of death||24 April 2004 84)(aged|
|Place of death||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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