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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2004, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Former England great dies
Willie Watson
Watson returning from the 1958-59 tour of Australia and NZ
A sportsman who played both football and cricket for England has died.

Willie Watson was 84 and died at his home in Johannesburg in South Africa on Saturday.

The batsman played 23 Tests for England between 1951 and 1959 and played county cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire in a 25-year career.

He scored 25,670 first-class runs, including 55 centuries and he also played in the midfield in the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil.

He is possibly best remembered for a single innings, his superb match-saving century against Australia at Lord's in 1953.

Watson retired from Leicestershire in 1964 and went on to manage Halifax Town and Bradford City in the Football League.

He was born in Yorkshire but emigrated to South Africa in 1968.

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