Seam bowler and former England and Staffordshire cricketer Ken Higgs has died at the age of 79 – so when you’re at the demountable cricket nets this weekend, why not hit a few sixes in tribute to one of the greats.

In his solitary season with Staffordshire in 1957, Higgs took 46 wickets at an average of 13.13 before his county teammate Jack Ikin recommended him to Lancashire, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Higgs took 1,033 wickets for Lancashire before playing in the League for Rishton for several seasons. He was later coaxed out of retirement in 1972 by Leicestershire captain Ray Illingorth, featuring on the side regularly until 1979 – and even taking a hat trick in the 1974 final victory over Surrey.

Speaking to the news source back in 2007, Higgs said: “I got my first game with the Meakins under-18 team quite by chance. My older brother Roy was wicketkeeper and I went with him to Porthill, where Meakins were a man short, so I had to play.”

Last year, the cricketing world also said good by to Tom Graveney, who passed away age 88. During his career, which spanned between 1948 and 1972, the batsman scored more than 47,793, 122 hundreds and played 79 Tests for England, scoring 11 centuries with an average of 44.38.

Later, Graveney became president of Worcestershire cricket club between 1994 and 1998, with the club saying at the time of his death that the former sportsman had been living with Parkinson’s disease for quite a while.