Don Wilson, former Yorkshire and England spinner, dies at 74

Former Yorkshire left-arm spinner Don Wilson, who won seven County Championship titles between 1959 and 1968, has died at the age of 74.

Wilson captured 1,189 first-class wickets in 422 matches between his debut in 1957 and retirement in 1974.

He also took 11 wickets in six Tests for England, all of them away from home, between 1964 and 1971.

After retiring from the game, he was the Marylebone Cricket Club's head coach at Lord's until 1991.

Don Wilson factfile

  • Born: 7 August 1937 in Settle, Yorkshire
  • First-class career (1957-74): 422 matches, 6,230 runs, 1,189 wickets
  • Test career (1964-71): 6 matches, 11 wickets, average 42.36

He later coached at Ampleforth College, and England batsman Jonny Bairstow tweeted:  "RIP Don Wilson! Many thanks for the things you did for me at Ampleforth! You shall never be forgotten! Yorkshire have lost a good man today!"

England slow left-armer Holly Colvin added on Twitter:  "RIP Don Wilson, the man who persuaded me to start bowling spin #legend."

A Yorkshire statement 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."

Although Wilson's six Test appearances were all overseas - five in India in 1964 and one in New Zealand seven years later - he also featured in two home matches for England against the Rest of the World in 1970, which were retrospectively stripped of Test status.