Ken Cranston      

Full name Kenneth Cranston

Born October 20, 1917, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire

Died January 8, 2007 (aged 89 years 80 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Kenneth Cranston
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 14 0 209 45 14.92 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 78 104 15 3099 156* 34.82 3 18 46 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 13 1010 461 18 4/12 5/36 25.61 2.73 56.1 2 0 0
First-class 78 11688 4985 179 7/43 27.84 2.55 65.2 10 1
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-9, 1947 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 22-27, 1948 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1947 - 1950

Plucked from the relative obscurity of Lancashire club cricket to captain his county in 1947, Kenneth Cranston made an immediate impression at first-class level, averaging close to 40 with the bat and 23 with the ball. Tall and lithe, he was a natural games player. An aggressive right hand bat, with three first-class centuries, he usually opened the bowling at a brisk fast-medium. He was rewarded with a Test cap against South Africa in 1947 after only 13 first-class appearances - in his second match at Headingley he polished off South Africa's second innings with four wickets in six balls (W.W.WW). That winter he toured the West Indies under Gubby Allen as vice-captain. Allen was injured on board ship, and Cranston captained the side in the first Test, which was drawn. Injury-hit and by no means a full-strength touring party, England struggled on this tour, and Cranston dropped out of contention in 1948, playing just once against the all-conquering Australian tourists. At the end of the 1948 season Cranston resigned as captain of Lancashire, unable to balance the commitments of first-class cricket and his dental practice. Apart from a few appearances in festival matches, it was the end of a very promising first-class career.
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