The Cricket Collection Of Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948

Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire &England 1947-1948. Cranston was plucked from the relative obscurity of Lancashire club cricket to captain his county in 1947, Kenneth Cranston made an immediate impression at first-class level, averaging close to 40 with the bat and 23 with the ball. Tall and lithe, he was a natural games player. 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 England Test cap against South Africa in 1947 after only 13 first-class appearances, in his second match at Headingley he polished off South Africa's second innings with four wickets in six balls (W.W.WW) finishing with four wickets for twelve runs. He was only the second player in Test history to achieve the feat. That winter he toured the West Indies with M.C.C. under Gubby Allen as vice-captain. Allen was injured on board ship, and Cranston captained the side in the first Test, which was drawn. 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, it was the end of a very promising first-class career.

In his first season he made 1,228 runs at an average of 33.18, took 84 wickets at a cost of 22.54 runs each. Lancashire had finished third in the Championship in 1947 but slipped two places the following year. Cranston's figures were still impressive. He scored another thousand runs at 33.21 and took a further 79 wickets at an average of 27.06 but somehow the attraction of days in the sun had diminished and the siren song of the dentist's drill was too tempting. He continued to work in his chosen profession until 1990. He continued to play league cricket for Neston C.C. and occasionally for MCC and the Free Foresters. He was greatly liked around Old Trafford and served as president of Lancashire in 1993-94

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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Original mono press photograph of Cranston and Godfrey Evans walking out to bat for England against South Africa at Old Trafford in July 1947. This was Cranston's first Test match. Nicely signed in ink by both Cranston and Evans. 6.5"x8.5". Good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £48
Cranston made 23 in his only innings and took 2-64 from 34 overs in the South African first innings. England won the Test by 7 wickets
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Original mono press photograph of Cranston and Norman Yardley walking out to bat at Scarborough in either the 1947, 1948 or 1950 season. Nicely signed in ink by both Cranston and Yardley. 8.25"x6.25". Walkers Studios of Scarborough. Sold with a further mono press photograph of Cranston bowling for Lancashire against Middlesex at Lord's, June 1948. Qty 2. Pin holes to corners of both photographs otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £100
Cranston played with Yardley at three different Scarborough Festivals, in 1947, 1948 and 1950
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. One page handwritten personal letter from Don Bradman to Cranston, the letter on Sir Donald Bradman A.C. 2 Holden Street letterhead and dated 3rd February 1984. Bradman replies to a letter sent by Cranston. He talks of it being along time since they played against each other, health matters for both of them, playing golf etc. He refers to being sad to miss the Centenary Test but reveals he has never travelled well. He refers to the 1977 Centenary in 1977 'I did'nt enjoy Melbourne much because I had to make the speech at the Centenary Dinner- that ruined my evening'. He finishes with reference to Cranston being a dentist 'Apart from the hip you seem to be in good form- I'm glad you are not using the forceps on me-not that I have many molars left'. Signed Don. Sold with a photograph of Bradman and Cranston walking together, presumably during the 1948 series, signed by both Bradman and Cranston. 5"x7". Good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £300
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. 'Ken Cranston. Vice President. Cranston's admission badge 'Admit to the Committee Room' for the England v West Indies Test match at Old Trafford on the 12th-16th August 2004. Signed by Cranston, with note to verso to his daughter 'Diana, a lovely happy day without a ball bowled. Cheers Daddy'. Good condition
Estimate: £20/30
Hammer price: £20
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. 'Second Innings. The Revival of Lancashire Cricket'. T.C.F. Prittie & John Kay. Altrincham 1947. Signed to the inside of the front board cover by twelve members of the Lancashire team of 1947 in ink. Signatures include Cranston, Washbrook, Pollard, King, Phillipson, Roberts, Edrich, Garlick, Place, Makepeace etc. Also signed by former player Ernest Tyldesley. Some age toning and minor wear to boards otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Neville Cardus. Three books by Cardus, 'Autobiography' 1947, two copies, 1st and 3rd impressions and 'Second Innings' 1950. The third impression signed and dedicated to Mary Cranston (wife of Ken) by Cardus 'To Mary Cranston, with best wishes from Neville Cardus, July 1948'. Some wear and age toning plus light fading to two of the spines otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £60
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Cricket books. A selection of seven cricket books formerly the property of Cranston. They include four 1920/30's tour books including 'The Fight for the Ashes in 1926'. P.F. Warner. London 1926. 'The Fight for the Ashes 1928-29'. M.A. Noble. London 1929. 'The Fight for the Ashes in 1930'. P.F. Warner. London 1930, 'The Turn of the Wheel. MC.C. Team Australia 1928/29'. P.G.H. Fender 1929, 'Lancashire County Cricket. The Official History 1864-1953'. A.W. Ledbroke 1954 etc. Five of the books are signed by Cranston (Lancs & England 1947-48). Two of the books are previously dedicated to Ronald his late brother from his father and mother both dated 1929. Ronald sadly died at the age of 23 after showing early cricket talent. The four tour books in nice condition with bright gilt titles
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: £40
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Lancashire C.C.C. first eleven cricket cap worn by Cranston during his first class playing career with the club. The navy blue cap, by Foster of Mayfair, with beautifully embroidered emblem of the red rose of Lancashire to front. Good condition
Estimate: £180/250
Hammer price: £380
Lancashire finished third in the 1947 County Championship, led by Captain Ken Cranston, playing 26 matches, winning thirteen and only losing one match. They finished fifth in 1948 playing twenty six matches but drawing sixteen of them. Cranston in 1947 scored almost a thousand runs for the club in first class matches at an average of 41.20 with a highest score of 155 no. He took 70 wickets and an average of 21.02 with a best of 6-99. In 1948 he scored again, almost a thousand runs at an average of 39.12 and a highest score of 142 and took 73 wickets at 24.58 with a best of 7-43. Quite an all-rounder...
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Lancashire C.C.C. first eleven long sleeved cricket sweater worn by Cranston during his first class playing career with the club. The sweater, by Paine of Godalming, with trimming in Lancashire colours to neck and waist. Some slight soiling and wear otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £70
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Lancashire C.C.C. first eleven cricket blazer worn by Cranston during his first class playing career with the club. The navy blue blazer with beautifully embroidered emblem of the red rose of Lancashire to chest pocket. Typewritten name to label at neck 'K. Cranston'. Some minor wear internally, odd small moth hole to sleeve and one to shoulder otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: unsold
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Marylebone Cricket Club long sleeved cricket sweater worn by Cranston during his first class playing career. The sweater, by Paine of Godalming, with trimming in M.C.C. colours of red and yellow to neck and waist. Some soiling and wear otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £55
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. England Test cricket cap worn by Cranston whilst playing for England in 1947 and 1948 in home Test matches. The navy blue cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with central raised England emblem of the three lions and crown to front. Some minor 'light' fading to peak otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £600
Cranston played in four home Test matches, three in 1947 against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Headingley and the Oval and one in 1948 against the Australians at Leeds. Cranston's immediate impression at first-class level was rewarded with a England Test cap against South Africa in 1947 after only 13 first-class appearances, in his second match at Headingley he polished off South Africa's second innings with four wickets in six balls (W.W.WW) finishing with four wickets for twelve runs. He was only the second player in Test history to achieve the feat. He played just once against the all conquering Australian tourists in 1948.
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. England long sleeved cricket sweater worn by Cranston whilst playing for England in 1947 and 1948 in home Test matches. The sweater, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with central raised England emblem of the three lions and crown to chest. Minor soiling otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £100/150
Hammer price: £200
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Alfred Reader 'Special County' cricket ball used by Kenneth Cranston to take four wickets for England in one over against South Africa in the fourth Test played at Headingley, Leeds on the 29th July 1947. Hallmarked silver band around the ball reads 'With this ball, Kenneth Cranston, playing in the fourth Test Match England v South Africa at Leeds on Tuesday 29th July 1947 took four wickets in one over for no runs, his full analysis for the innings being 7 overs, 3 maidens, 12 runs, 4 wickets. Presented to him by a great admirer'. This was only Cranston's second Test match and he cleaned up the South African tail in a single over, without conceding a run, removing Fullerton LBW for 13, Mann, caught Evans 0, Tuckett and Smith bowled for bowled for 0. The over reads W.W.WW and he had figures of 4-12 from 7 overs. He was only the second player in Test history to achieve the feat. England went on to win the match by ten wickets. Good condition
Estimate: £1800/2500
Hammer price: £2200
Prior to Cranston achieving the feat of taking four wickets in an over only one man, Maurice Allom had achieved it for England against New Zealand in 1929/30. Subsequently four other bowlers have also achieved the feat, Fred Titmus against New Zealand in 1965, Chris Old against Pakistan in 1978, Wasim Akram for Pakistan against West Indies 1990/91 and Andrew Caddick v West Indies in 2000.
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. M.C.C. touring cap worn by Cranston on the tour of the West Indies in 1947/48. The navy blue cap, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with central emblem of St. George & the Dragon to front. 'K. Cranston' handwritten to inner cap label. Some wear to cap through use, M.C.C. emblem a little darkened otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £150/250
Hammer price: £320
Cranston was chosen to tour that winter to the West Indies with M.C.C. under Gubby Allen as vice-captain. Allen was injured on board ship, and Cranston captained the side in the first Test, which was drawn. Illness, Injury-hit and by no means a full-strength touring party, England struggled on this tour. They lost the Test series by two Tests to one and failed to win a single match on the tour
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. M.C.C. touring cap worn by Cranston on the tour of the West Indies in 1947/48. The [unusually] white/creme cap, by E.C. Devereux of Eton, with central emblem of St. George & the Dragon to front. 'K. Cranston' handwritten to inner cap label. Some wear, staining and soiling to the cap through use otherwise in good condition. A rarely seen white/creme tour cap
Estimate: £200/300
Hammer price: £360
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Two M.C.C. touring sweaters worn by Cranston on the tour of the West Indies in 1947/48. Long sleeved and sleeveless sweaters, by Jaeger of London, with trimming to neck, waist and sleeve in M.C.C. colours. 'K. Cranston' handwritten to inner cap label. Some wear and minor staining to the long sleeved sweater, some damage to the back and side of the sleeveless sweater otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £160
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Official M.C.C. touring blazer worn by Cranston on the tour of the West Indies in 1947/48. The navy blue blazer, by Simpson of Piccadilly, with embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St George & Dragon of England and below in scroll 'West Indies 1948' to breast pocket and colourful rimming to pockets, sleeves and all blazer edging in M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. 'K. Cranston' handwritten to inner neck label. Minor wear to the trimming to back of neck otherwise in good condition. A rarer M.C.C. blazer
Estimate: £300/500
Hammer price: £380
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. A selection of creme cricket shirts and trousers worn by Cranston during his cricketing career. There are three shirts by Clydellon of England and Clydella of England and four pairs of cricket cuffed [turnup] trousers by Daks and Watson Prickard of Liverpool and Manchester. Some with Godfrey Evans branding to inside. Some with 'K. Cranston' handwritten to inner lining. Some ageing, some staining due to being poorly stored. Overall fair/good condition. Good examples of 1940/50's cricket clothing design. Qty 7
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £100
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Kenneth Cranston. Lancashire & England 1947-1948. Club Cricket Conference cricket cap and long sleeved sweater worn by Cranston whilst representing the club. The cap, by Foster of London & Oxford, decorated in club colours of maroon, green and yellow in very good condition, the sweater, by Paine of Godalming, with club colour to neck and waist in worn condition, some wear and damage to neck, waist and sleeves, also some marks to sweater. Qty 2
Estimate: £80/120
Hammer price: £80
Cranston played three major games for Club Cricket Conference, v Cambridge University in 1942 at Lord's we he made 87no, v British Empire XI in 1942 at Finchley where he made 55no and v All India in 1946 at Guildford where he made 82no. Maybe his lucky sweater, he seems to have worn it a lot....
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'Crowd around a Cricket Sight Board'. L.S. Lowry. Reproduction print of 850 copies published after the artists death and stamped by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Limited edition 61/850. Mounted, framed and glazed. Overall 36"x16.5". Good condition
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: £130
The image hung in the Committee Room at Old Trafford for many years and was presented to Ken Cranston as the out going president in 1994. Cranston was President of Lancashire C.C.C. IN 1994-1994

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