Former England and Glamorgan player Allan Watkins dies

Allan Watkins
Allan Watkins made his England debut in Don Bradman's final game for Australia

Former England and Glamorgan all-rounder Allan Watkins has died aged 89 following a short illness.

Watkins won 15 England caps between 1948 and 1952 and was the first Glamorgan man to score a Test century with 111 against South Africa in 1949.

Watkins scored 17,419 runs and took 774 wickets in his 407 appearances for Glamorgan between 1939 and 1962.

He died peacefully in Kidderminster on Wednesday and Glamorgan paid tribute to a "jovial and energetic all-rounder".

After becoming the first Glamorgan man to appear in an Ashes series Watkins named his home Ellis Park in honour of his maiden Test ton against South Africa at the famous Johannesburg ground.

The former Usk club player had made his England debut in the final Test of 1948 Ashes series against Australia at The Oval.

Watkins also had the distinction of being the last man to field a ball from the great Don Bradman in international cricket.

The Welshman was the nearest fielder to the legendary Australian batsman when Bradman defended his first delivery from spinner Eric Hollies - the ball before Bradman was bowled in his final Test.

Watkins was England's leading run-scorer on their 1951/52 Test series in India which started with his match-saving innings of 137 not out in the first Test in Delhi.

The left-hander passed 1,000 runs in every season, bar one, for Glamorgan from 1947 to 1960 - celebrating 29 first-class hundreds - and took more than 50 wickets in seven out of eight seasons between 1949 and 1956.

Watkins, who also took 390 catches for Glamorgan, was an excellent footballer as he played professionally for both Plymouth Argyle and Cardiff City.

In fact, Watkins' maiden Glamorgan century against Surrey at the Arms Park in 1946 came after the Plymouth manager had agreed to release the winger from training.