- Nearly 11,000 Runs During His First Class Career & Took Nearly 750 First Class Wickets
Mike Watkinson was born on 1 August 1961 in Westhoughton, near Bolton, Lancashire) was an English cricketer who played four Test matches and one One-Day International in the mid-1990s. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm bowler of either medium-pace or off-spin, he was instrumental in Lancashire’s successes in the 1990s, and is now the county’s cricket manager.
He showed early promise as an all-round sportsman, excelling in both cricket and football, and achieving good standards in golf and basketball. He demonstrated that good hand, ball and eye co-ordination can be applied to many sports, and thus it is no surprise that he was able to make his living through sport.
Watkinson attended Westhoughton County Primary School, and then Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School (later R & B High). During this time he was a regular player at Westhoughton Cricket Club, where he drew attention from Teddy Gerrard, a coach at the club.
It was from these beginnings, and following great cricketing predecessors in the club (four of the Tyldesley family made the ground staff at Old Trafford, with Dick Tyldesley reaching International level with England) that Watkinson emulated the local heroes, playing for Lancashire and England.
Mike scored nearly 11,000 runs during his first class career and took nearly 750 first class wickets. His best bowling figures were 8-30 and his highest score was 161.
Mike is available as an after dinner speaker.