Accomplished bowler for England with two record-breaking performances as a batsman
Although the cricketer Ken Higgs, who has died aged 79, was a highly accomplished fast medium bowler for England, many will remember him for two record-breaking performances as a tail-end batsman.
The first came in a win for England at the Oval against a strong West Indies side in 1966, when he shared in an unlikely partnership of 128 for the last wicket with fellow opening bowler John Snow. They were two short of a world record when Higgs was out for 63, and the stand remains as England’s highest by numbers 10 and 11 in a home Test. The second arrived 11 years later, when he figured with Ray Illingworth in what is still Leicestershire’s record last-wicket partnership, scoring a career-best 98 in a stand of 228 against Northamptonshire in 1977 and helping Leicestershire to recover from 45 for nine to 273 all out.