Neil Williams

Country: England
Born: July 02, 1962, Hopewell, St Vincent
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Died: March 27, 2006, London, England, (aged 43y 268d)

Neil Williams Bio

Neil FetzGerald Williams was a talented cricket player from England who left a lasting impact on the sport. Born in St Vincent, Williams immigrated to Britain at the age of 13 and went on to represent both his adopted country and his home nation in international cricket.

Williams made his county debut for Middlesex in 1982, becoming part of a group of Caribbean-born English players dubbed the “Jackson Five,” alongside Roland Butcher, Wilf Slack, Norman Cowans, and Barbadian Wayne Daniel. He quickly established himself as a crucial member of the Middlesex team, playing a key role in their Championship victories in 1982, 1985, 1990, and 1992. He also contributed to their triumphs in the 1983 Benson & Hedges Cup and the 1992 Sunday League.

Known for his accuracy and dangerous late away-swing, Williams was a medium-fast bowler with a knack for moving the ball more than anyone else, according to Wisden. In his one Test appearance for England in 1990, he took two wickets, dismissing esteemed batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin, despite India amassing an impressive score of 606 for 9. Williams’ contribution with the ball was significant, but he fondly regarded his innings of 38 as a nightwatchman, which helped establish a partnership of 74 runs with Graham Gooch, as a higher achievement.

Although Williams’ promising international career was cut short due to various reasons, including being overlooked for subsequent tours and battling injuries, he remained a highly respected and valued teammate. Williams was known for his soft-spoken and often withdrawn personality, but his quiet nature only further endeared him to those who knew him on and off the field.

Williams’s athleticism extended beyond his bowling skills, as he also excelled as a tailender and proved to be an exceptional fielder. Supporters and fellow players alike found him universally popular due to his genuine and humble nature.

After a successful benefit, Williams transferred to Essex in 1995, where he continued his cricketing career until 1998. Although injuries plagued him towards the end of his professional run, he remained determined and contributed as much as he could to his team. Following his retirement from the first-class game, he briefly represented Cornwall.

Williams’s love for cricket remained strong even after his playing days were over. He played several seasons for the Windward Islands and even had the opportunity to showcase his talent with Tasmania during the 1983-84 season. Most notably, he returned to the Caribbean to coach St. Vincent’s Academy for Kids, nurturing young talent until his untimely death.

On March 27, at the age of 43, Williams tragically passed away in a hospital after a brief battle with pneumonia. His contributions to English cricket and his presence as a respected and admired figure within the sport will forever be remembered. The legacy Neil FetzGerald Williams left behind is a testament to his dedication, talent, and the positive impact he had on the game.

Neil Williams Career Stats

Neil Williams Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 1 0 38 38 38 52 73.07 0 0 6 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 255 302 63 4457 77 18.64 - - 0 13 - - 67 0
List A 225 116 41 1039 43 13.85 - - 0 0 - - 48 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Neil Williams Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 1 246 148 2 2/148 2/148 74 3.6 123 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 255 - 37485 20448 675 8/75 - 30.29 3.27 55.5 - 22 2
List A 225 - 10191 7258 238 5/60 5/60 30.49 4.27 42.8 4 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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