Rockley Wilson

Rockley Wilson

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Evelyn Rockley Wilson (25 March 1879 – 21 July 1957) was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played for Cambridge University Cricket Club, Yorkshire, and England.


Wilson was born in Bolsterstone, Stocksbridge, Yorkshire, England, and educated at Bilton Grange, Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge. An amateur whose main profession was as a schoolmaster for forty years at Winchester College, Wilson bowled slow right-arm spinners, that could go either way, and batted well enough to score a century on first-class cricket debut, and another one in the annual Varsity match. He played a little for Yorkshire from 1899, but after leaving Cambridge in 1902, he then played no first-class cricket for the next ten years, preferring, or so he claimed, to play three club matches a week rather than two county games.

But after an approach in 1913 by Hampshire, where he lived, was turned down, he was persuaded to rejoin Yorkshire, the county of his birth, and stayed with them until 1923, In 1920, at the age of 41, he bowled so successfully that he finished fourth in the national averages, and was given leave from Winchester, to tour Australia with the 1920-21 MCC team, led by Johnny Douglas.

In a disastrous series in which the Australian cricket team won...
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