Ken Higgs, English cricketer, Died at 79


Kenneth “Ken” Higgs was born on January 14, 1937, and died on September 7, 2016.

He was an English fast-medium bowler.

Ken was most successful as the opening partner to Brian Statham with Lancashire in the 1960s. He later played with success for Leicestershire.

Apparently, Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, “Higgs was a fine medium-fast bowler with an impressive pedigree, who suddenly went out of fashion with the selectors after one Test of the 1968 Ashes series.

In his junior stages of his career concentrating on football with Port Vale, Higgs did not take seriously to cricket until his late teens.

Ken Higgs was signed to the club from July 1954 to 1959, but never made a first team appearance.

After making progress during military service, he began playing for his native county, Staffordshire, taking 46 wickets for 13.13 each in 1957.

Reportedly, Jack Ikin, a Staffordshire native, recommended Higgs to Lancashire and he began playing for them in 1958.

Prior to 1979, he seldom played in first-class cricket, and he retired from one-day cricket after 1982.

During 1986, he returned in an emergency at the age of 49, taking 5 for 22 against Yorkshire, again he played once more, against Somerset, without taking a wicket.

All together he took 100 wickets in a season five times, and over 90 twice.

Ken Higgs took 42 List A wickets in both 1975 and 1977.

Later, he coached both Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

Ken also umpired several Second XI fixtures.

Ken Higgs passed away at 79 years old.