Former Yorkshire spinner Wilson dies

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Don Wilson passed away at York Hospital on Saturday

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Don Wilson passed away at York Hospital on Saturday

Former Yorkshire and England spinner Don Wilson has died at the age of 74.

The left-armer was a key figure in Yorkshire's dominance of county cricket in the 1950s and 60s, with 1,189 first-class wickets at 21.00 in 422 first-class matches. He won seven Championship titles with his home county, taking 100 wickets in three of those seasons and five times in total.

He also took 82 wickets at 20.01 in 65 one-day games and played six Tests for England, five against India in 1963-4 and one against New Zealand in 1971, taking 11 wickets.

After his playing days were over, he served as the MCC's chief coach from 1974 to 1991 and then as coach at Ampleforth College and was Yorkshire Players' Association president in 2008.

A statement from Yorkshire read: "Sad news has reached the club this afternoon of the death of Don Wilson, aged 74. Don died in York Hospital at 1pm this afternoon.

"Everyone involved in Yorkshire cricket would like to send their best wishes and deepest sympathies to Don's family and friends. He will be sadly missed."

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