Former Australia Cricketer Bill Watson Passes Away
Bill Watson, the former Australia and New South Wales batsman, passed away on Monday aged 87.
Just a day before the new year, Australia lost one of the oldest members of their cricket fraternity with the death of Bill Watson. The right-handed batsman made his Test debut for Australia in the 1954-55 Ashes Series against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The debut came after he scored a hundred in his second first-class match against MCC at the same ground.
He, however, could not enjoy much success in international cricket. Watson was included in the Australian team for the tour of Caribbeans and played three more Tests without much success. He did not play any more Test after that poor series. He ended his Test with just 106 runs across seven innings at an average of 17.66.
His record in first-class cricket is better. Watson featured in 41 first-class games, scoring 1958 runs including six hundreds and five half-centuries. His highest score of 206 for NSW came against Western Australia in Perth in December 1956.
Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, paid his tribute to Watson, saying:
“Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this time, and all the friends he made throughout his time in cricket,”
“Bill made his Test debut in the 1954-55 Ashes Series, before playing in three matches in the team’s series victory against the West Indies in the Caribbean in 1955. He also made a valuable contribution to NSW cricket and was regarded as a legend of the St George club. We pay our respects to Bill and we are grateful for his deep involvement in all levels of the game. He will be sadly missed,” added Roberts.
Watson also featured heavily in Sydney’s first grade cricket, playing 22 seasons from 1949 to 1972. He started with Waverley before switching to St George, where he spent the majority of his career. Watson played 18 seasons with the St George Saints and became a legendary figure of the club.
In 258 first grade matches, he amassed 10,757 runs at an average of 43.20 with the help of 16 centuries and 70 half-centuries.
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