Monday 9 March 2009 

Lancashire Mourn Passing Of Ken Snellgrove

Lancashire County Cricket Club is saddened to announce the passing of former Lancashire player Ken Snellgrove aged 67.

A middle order right-handed batsman, Snellgrove was a dedicated professional who made his debut for Lancashire in 1965 and scored 3,906 runs in 105 first-class matches for the county.

He was also an important member of the Old Trafford squad which, under Jack Bond's captaincy, dominated one-day cricket from 1969 to 1972.

Snellgrove played eight games for the Lancashire side which won the John Player League in 1970 and he was capped by the county in 1971.

Although he was born in Shepton Mallet and also represented both Ormskirk and Leyland with distinction, Snellgrove will always be most closely associated with Bootle Cricket Club, whose first team he captained in 1980.

"Ken was one of the shining lights of the Liverpool Competition," said the former Bootle captain Ian Cockbain. "He was from Bootle, played for Bootle and then played for Lancashire."

"He was the type of cricketer I was striving to become. When I broke into the Lancashire side most of the team had played alongside him and they all spoke warmly of him."

In recent years, Snellgrove could invariably be found at Wadham Road or wherever Bootle were in action. He watched the cricket closely and took particular pleasure in the achievements of his son David, whose first season as Bootle skipper begins in a few weeks' time.

When persuaded to comment on games, he would express his deeply perceptive views quietly. He wore the knowledge of the old pro lightly but his analyses of matches were shrewd indeed. Ken Snellgrove was a cricket man.

Ken was a Member of the Lancashire Players Association.

Obituary by Paul Edwards

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