Ken Higgs      

Full name Kenneth Higgs

Born January 14, 1937, Kidsgrove, Staffordshire

Died September 7, 2016 (aged 79 years 237 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire

Nickname Higgsy

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium, Right-arm medium

Height 6 ft 0 in

Kenneth Higgs
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 15 19 3 185 63 11.56 0 1 15 3 4 0
First-class 511 530 207 3648 98 11.29 0 3 311 0
List A 246 68 39 300 25 10.34 0 0 84 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 15 27 4112 1473 71 6/91 8/119 20.74 2.14 57.9 6 2 0
First-class 511 89431 36267 1536 7/19 23.61 2.43 58.2 50 5
List A 246 12017 6732 355 6/17 6/17 18.96 3.36 33.8 9 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 26-31, 1965 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 6-11, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1958 - 1986
List A span 1963 - 1982
Profile

Ken Higgs's Lancashire team-mates were baffled that he played in only 15 Tests. Not only did he take his wickets at lower cost than any of his new-ball rivals, but at a superior economy rate (2.15 runs per over) than even Brian Statham, whose accuracy was a byword in the game. Maybe his quality was understated. Higgs was dour and undemonstrative, and though well-liked and respected by his peers, he was unimpressed by figures of authority. Opposing batsmen knew how good he was, however: Higgs wasn't fast, but he was one of those who, by bowling a fuller length than most seamers of his pace, hit the splice persistently and jarred the hands. The ratio between specialist batsmen and tailenders among his 71 England victims was astounding. In his best series, against West Indies in 1966, he dismissed Conrad Hunte and Rohan Kanhai four times each, Basil Butcher three times, Joey Carew twice, and Garry Sobers, Peter Lashley, Seymour Nurse, David Holford and Easton McMorris once apiece in a bag of 24. What wouldn't England have given for him in the 1990s. He was good enough to make a surprise county comeback for Leicestershire in 1986, and take five wickets in an innings in his 50th year.
John Thicknesse

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Apr 26, 1989

Ken Higgs

Ken Higgs

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Sep 1, 1986

Ken Higgs delivers the ball during his final season as a player, aged 49, Leicestershire v Somerset, September 1, 1986

Ken Higgs delivers the ball during his final season as a player, aged 49

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Aug 15, 1966

Ken Higgs hits down the ground, Middlesex v Lancashire, August 15, 1966

Ken Higgs hits down the ground

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1968

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 246/0 (76.4 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 2/0 (2 ov) Glamorgan 237
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 43/1 (19 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 60/3 (16 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 105/4 (34 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 41/0 (11 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 & 21/1 (11.1 ov) Warwickshire 321
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
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