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Kenneth Higgs (1937-2016) Test Cap No:430

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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

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Kenneth "Ken" Higgs was an English fast-medium bowler, who was most successful as the opening partner to Brian Statham with Lancashire in the 1960s. He later played with success for Leicestershire.Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, "Higgs was a fine medium-fast bowler with an impressive pedigree, who suddenly went out of fashion with the selectors after one Test of the 1968 Ashes series".In his junior days concentrating on football with Port Vale, Higgs did not take seriously to cricket until his late teens.He was signed to the club from July 1954 to 1959, but never made a first team appearance. Making progress during military service, he began playing for his native county, Staffordshire, taking 46 wickets for 13.13 each in 1957. Jack Ikin, a Staffordshire native, recommended Higgs to Lancashire and he began playing for them in 1958.

Higgs caused instant notice taking 7 for 36 against Hampshire in his first County Championship match. He took over 100 wickets in each season from 1959 to 1960, but was one of the few cricketers to take 100 wickets in a season at over thirty runs each in 1961, and he ceased to be an automatic choice.In 1965, a wet summer, he took 102 wickets in County Championship matches, and formed a formidable partnership with Statham. His best performance was 7 for 19 against Leicestershire. He was selected for the last Test at The Oval and took 8 for 143 against a formidable South African batting line-up, and was selected for MCC tour of Australia in 1965-66, where he had a modest time, but took 17 wickets (9.24) in three Tests in New Zealand.

In 1966, against the West Indies, Higgs established himself as England's first-choice opening bowler with 24 wickets for under 26 runs. At the Oval Higgs, only a tail-end left-hand batsman, made 63, then his highest first-class score and helped England effect a recovery from 166 for 7 to 529 all out. His partnership with John Snow for the tenth wicket of 128, is a record for England at home.It also remains as the all-time Test match record partnership between batsmen 10 and 11.

Despite injury keeping out of two Tests against India, Higgs had a good season in 1967, taking 95 wickets at 16.92. He was named one of Cricketers of the Year by Wisden. In that year, he took 17 wickets in the Test series against Pakistan. Despite this, he did not play in England's next Test series, their tour to the West Indies. He was later selected for one match of the Ashes series the following year, but was never selected again. Higgs retired from County cricket at the end of the 1969 season, and played for Rishton in the Lancashire League.In the twelve seasons for Lancashire Higgs took 1,033 wickets, a figure which had then been exceeded by only eight players.

After two years in the Lancashire League, the Leicestershire captain, Ray Illingworth called Higgs out of first-class cricket retirement because of Graham McKenzie's expected unavailability with the 1972 Australians. Higgs played regularly until the end of the 1979 season, for which he was appointed captain. He was the fifth-highest Englishman in the bowling averages that season at the age of forty-two. In one-day cricket, Higgs played in Leicestershire's 1972 and 1974 successes in the Benson & Hedges Cup, taking a hat-trick in the 1974 final. All together, Higgs took 308 List 'A' wickets for his adopted county. He was also, on his day, a solid and reliable tail-end batsman, who scored over 300 runs in a season six times. His highest first-class score of 98 was part of Leicestershire's record 228 run last wicket partnership with Ray Illingworth against Northamptonshire in 1977.

After 1979, Higgs seldom played in first-class cricket, and he retired from one-day cricket after 1982. In 1986, he returned in an emergency at the age of 49, taking 5 for 22 against Yorkshire.He played once more, against Somerset, witho
ut taking a wicket. In all he took 100 wickets in a season five times, and over 90 twice. He took 42 List A wickets in both 1975 and 1977.

Test debut England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 26-31, 1965
Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 6-11, 1968
First-class span 1958 - 1986
List A span 1963 - 1982

Lindsay Tuckett (1919-2016) Test Cap No:162

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Full name Lindsay Tuckett
Born February 6, 1919, Durban, Natal
Died September 5, 2016, Bloemfontein (aged 97 years 212 days)
Major teams South Africa, Orange Free State
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Father - LR Tuckett, Uncle - JL Cox

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Lindsay Tuckett was a South African cricketer who played in nine Tests from 1947 to 1949. He was born in Durban, Natal.The son of one Test player, Len Tuckett, and the nephew of another, Joe Cox, Lindsay Tuckett was just a month past his 16th birthday when he made his first-class cricket debut for Orange Free State in March 1935. A lower-order right-handed batsman and a fast-medium right-arm bowler who specialised in in-swingers, he took regular wickets for one of the weaker provincial sides for the next 20 years, but had a much shorter career in Tests.

Picked for the 1947 South African tour of England, he began promisingly, and even though he strained a muscle in the first Test and was less effective afterwards, he was picked for all five Tests and finished with 15 wickets, the joint highest number for the side. In the first innings of the first match at Trent Bridge, he took five England wickets for 68 runs and it was a dropped catch off his bowling in the second innings that, according to the report in the 1948 Wisden,allowed England to escape from the match with a draw after following on 325 runs behind. At Lord's in the second Test, he again took five wickets in the first innings, this time for 115 runs as England amassed 554 runs with centuries by Bill Edrich and Denis Compton.

On the 1947 tour as a whole, Tuckett took 69 wickets at an average of 25 runs per wicket.When the Marylebone Cricket Club toured South Africa in the 1948–49 season, Tuckett was again chosen as an opening bowler in four out of the five Tests, but could not repeat his form of 18 months earlier. He took only four wickets in the series and did not play for South Africa again. In the first Test, he bowled the last possible over of the match, and on the eighth and final ball England's ninth wicket pair of Alec Bedser and Cliff Gladwin scrambled the single run that gave the touring side victory.

Lindsay Tuckett was a tall, wide-shouldered, well-built, fast-medium bowler with endless stamina and a deceptive nip off the wicket after a easy, loping run-in. He made his debut for Orange Free State less than two months after his 16th birthday, and was only 20 when the second world war broke out. By the time cricket resumed he was one of South Africa's leading bowlers. He toured England in 1947, where usually his bowling would have been aided by conditions. As it was, that summer was one of the hottest of the century, the wickets were batsmen friendly, and Tuckett suffered from a persistent groin injury and was seriously overbowled. Nevertheless, he took 69 wickets at 25.78 on the tour, but in the Tests he was expensive (15 at 44.26). In South Africa's next series - at home to England - he fared no better (4 wickets at 79.00 in four Tests) and that was that as far as cricket was concerned. He continued to perform for his state, and in 1951-52 took 32 wickets at 17.59.

Following the death of Norman Gordon on 2 September 2014, Tuckett was the oldest living Test cricketer.He died on 5 September 2016 at the age of 97.

Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Mar 5-9, 1949
First-class span 1934/35 - 1954/55