John Wilson of Ayr CC
From Willie Dick
Tributes have been paid to John Wilson, the former Ayr cricketer, who has died at the age of 69.
Wilson, who played for the Cambusdoon club in the sixties and seventies, was rated one of the best players of his generation never to earn a Scotland cap.
He was also a keen curler and a first class golfer who was a former Turnberry Club Champion.
The pinnacle of his cricketing career came in 1974 when he played for the Western District against MCC.
He also scored a century against the East District in a match many thought would seal his dream of playing for Scotland.
Former Ayr team-mate Iain Johnstone declared: “Unfortunately they found an excuse not to pick him – it was all down to politics.
“John’s only regret was that he never got capped for Scotland and there were many at the time who thought he should have been.
“He was such a skilful batsman that he was feared by many bowlers and at his peak he was as good as any in the country.
“John was certainly the best batsman of his generation not to play for Scotland.”
Keith Graham, Wilson’s captain and opening partner at Ayr, added: “John was a joy to play with and we put together many good opening partnerships.
“The difference was that he often went on and made hundreds and I didn’t.
“He had strokes all around the wicket and, as a small guy, was a particularly good hooker and puller.
“He was the best batsman I ever played with who never got a cap.”
After retiring from cricket Wilson was a successful businessman who remained a popular figure at Ayr CC where his quiet generosity helped the club flourish.