Ken Snellgrove loved his club

Club cricket

Lancashire have announced the death of former player Ken Snellgrove, aged 67, an important member of the squad under Jack Bond’s captaincy during the era of one-day domination from 1969 to 1972.

Although he was born in Shepton Mallet and played for 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 captain begins this summer.

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