A profile of Ken Cranston
by Dave Liverman
Plucked from the relative obscurity of Lancashire club cricket to captain his county in 1947, Kenneth Cranston made an immediate impression at the first-class level, averaging close to 40 with the bat and 23 with the ball. An aggressive right hand bat, with three first-class centuries, he usually opened the bowling at a brisk fast-medium.
He was rewarded with a Test cap against South Africa in 1947, and toured the West Indies in 1947/48 under G.O.Allen as vice-captain. Allen was injured on board ship, and Cranston captained the side in the First Test, which they drew. Injury hit and by no means a full strength touring party, England struggled on this tour, and Cranston dropped out of contention in 1948, playing just once against the all-conquering Australian tourists. At the end of the 1948 season Cranston resigned as captain of Lancashire, unable to balance the commitments of first-class cricket and his dental practice. Apart from a few appearances in festival matches, that was the end of a very promising first-class career.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)