Essex County Cricket Club have announced the passing of former player Ken Preston, aged 93.
Born in Goodmayes, Essex on 22 August 1925, Ken had a passion for cricket from a young age and made his debut for his home county in 1948 at the age of 22.
He injected pace into the Essex bowling attack straight away, but whilst playing football in the winter of 1948, Ken suffered a broken leg and subsequently missed the entire 1949 season.
Following his return to cricket, Ken bowled at a brisk fast-medium pace, but was still lethal with the ball. He took 1,160 first-class wickets for Essex in a career which spanned 17 years and lasted until 1964.
As well as being a superb bowler, Ken was also an entertaining tail-end batsman and an outstanding slip fielder, taking 350 catches during his career.
Essex County Cricket Club President, David Acfield, commented: “I remember Ken joining the staff at Brentwood School as a Cricket Coach.
“I had watched and admired him for many years, and as Captain of Brentwood School, it was a privilege to play under his guidance.
“I will always be grateful to him for his support throughout my career.”
Ken was still a regular attendee at The Cloudfm County Ground, especially for the annual President’s Day.
At the time of his death, Ken was the Club’s oldest former player, aged 93. He was a favourite with the Essex supporters and will be remembered as an exceptional player and a great servant to the Club.
Report provided by Essex CCC