Wednesday 16 May 2007 

Lancashire Saddened To Announce Death Of Peter Marner

Lancashire County Cricket Club is saddened to announce the death of former player Peter Marner. Peter passed away early this morning after a three month illness.

Oldham-born Peter Marner was the youngest player to represent his County, only sixteen years five months when he made his debut at Hove in 1952. He had played for his league side Crompton at fifteen years of age. A thick-set and powerful middle-order right-hand batsman, he scored over 17,000 first class runs in his career. An accurate seam bowler, just over medium pace, he accumulated 360 wickets and took 379 catches, many of those in the slips where be built his reputation as a fine fielder. One of the hardest hitters of the ball in the game, he was a pugnacious batsman scoring quickly in all forms of cricket.

Peter was the first player ever to win a Man of the Match award in the first one-day Gillette Cup game at Old Trafford in 1963. Lancashire beat Leicestershire in that limited-overs match, played well before any other Counties had tried the format.

An all-round sportsman, he played rugby union for Oldham at sixteen years of age. He also played for the Army while spending his National Service in the Royal Signals as well as cricket for the Combined Services. He then joined Broughton Park, a premier Lancashire rugby club.

After starting his Lancashire CCC career in 1952, Peter moved to Leicestershire in 1965, where he played out his County career.

In 1993 he managed the Conservative Club at Timperley, retiring at sixty-five years.

The thoughts of everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Club Members and Players both past and present are with Peter’s family at this time.