|Full name||Albert John Watkins|
|Born||21 April 1922|
Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales
|Died||3 August 2011 (aged 89)|
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Life and career
Born in Usk, Monmouthshire, Allan Watkins made his debut for Glamorgan just three weeks after his seventeenth birthday in 1939, as World War II loomed. He served in the war as a firefighter in the Royal Navy.
He was an all-rounder: a left-handed batsman, a medium to fast-medium left-arm bowler and a brilliant close fielder, particularly at short leg. He was the first Glamorgan cricketer to score a century in Tests for England, and played for the county until 1961, when he was 39 years old and struggling with asthma.
Watkins toured South Africa in 1948-49 and India and Pakistan in 1951-52 with the English Test team, and also participated in the 1955-56 'A' Tour to Pakistan. In 1953–54, he played with the Commonwealth XI in India, returning home early through injury.
He was voted Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year after a successful Test series there in 1951–52. During that series Watkins battled his way to a nine-hour-long, unbeaten 137, in Delhi, his best Test score. Watkins' best Test performances were overseas, as his five home Tests did not provide a single innings above fifty. His other Test century came in the Fourth Test at Johannesburg in 1948–49, when he made 111.
Watkins went on to successfully coach school cricket, most notably at Oundle School and Framlingham College. He died in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on 3 August 2011, following a short illness.
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