William Wilkinson who played in 2 Minor County Friendly games in 1889 was typical of the journeymen professionals who appeared in club cricket in England and Wales during the late Victorian era.
After impressing in his native Nottinghamshire, he moved to South Wales and secured a position as Cardiff’s professional in 1888. The following summer, he was hired by Glamorgan to act as one of their professionals on the London tour, with William making his county debut against the MCC at Lord’s. He made a composed 19 and claimed five wickets in the match, before claiming seven in the contest against Surrey Club and Ground, with his 4/39 in Surrey’s second innings helping to seal Glamorgan’s first-ever victory. There was no sentiment though the following season from the Glamorgan selectors as they opted to hire other professionals. William duly returned to Nottinghamshire where he subsequently played in four County Championship matches in 1892 and 1893. He was not retained however by the East Midlands county and subsequently found employment in the Lancashire Leagues where he played with some success for Todmorden.
Born – Kimberley, Notts, 5 July 1859.
Died – Nottingham, 6 October 1940.
Career Best Performances
Minor County Friendlies – 19 and 4/10 v MCC at Lord’s, 1889.