Harry Higgins

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Harry Higgins
Cricket information
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling N/A (occ. wicket-keeper)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 98
Runs scored 3,437
Batting average 20.45
100s/50s 4/13
Top score 137*
Balls bowled 0
Wickets 0
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 54/0

Harry Leslie Higgins (24 February 1894 – 19 September 1979) was an English cricketer who played 98 first-class matches in the 1920s. All but one of these were for Worcestershire; the exception was a Gentlemen v Players game in 1922 in which bad weather meant that Higgins (playing for the Gentlemen) did not get to bat. He stood in as Worcestershire captain for one game in 1923, and acted as wicket-keeper for a single match — in which he scored 99 — in 1921.

Higgins made his debut for Worcestershire against Somerset at Taunton in June 1920; he made 0 and 33 in a heavy innings defeat. He played a further 10 games for Worcestershire that season, but Higgins' only half-century during the year was the 64 not out he hit against Sussex at Worcester in July: a game in which only 80 overs were possible. The other nine games in which Higgins played were all lost by one of the weakest of all Worcestershire sides; these defeats included the innings-and-340-run demolition by Warwickshire that as of 2007 remains Worcestershire's heaviest first-class defeat. [1]

He was a regular in the county side in 1921 and 1922, and in both years he made over 1,000 first-class runs. In 1921 he hit a career-best 1,182 runs at 28.82, including two centuries. The higher of these, 133 against Essex at Leyton, came in a somewhat unusual match. Essex, batting first, had been dismissed for 90 (Preece taking a career-best 7-35) but had nevertheless run out easy winners thanks to the all-round talents of Johnny Douglas, who made 123* and took 14 wickets. [2] Higgins's career best of 137* was made in May 1922 at New Road against Lancashire, but again Worcestershire lost, this time by an innings.

In 1923 and 1924, Higgins appeared in 15 matches each season, but suffered a severe loss of form, scoring only 728 runs in 55 innings, and with just a single fifty each year. After that he never played regularly again, although he turned out on a handful of occasions from 1925 until his final retirement in 1927. His last game was against Warwickshire at Worcester: in a drawn match, Higgins scored 11 in his only innings.

Higgins was born in Bournville (then in Warwickshire, now Birmingham); he died at the age of 85 in Malvern, Worcestershire.

His older brother John played more than 100 times for Worcestershire, and umpired one Test match.

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