Horace Snary: Resolute Rutlander


by Jonathan Farmer

For several seasons between the wars, Horace Snary formed an important part of the Leicestershire bowling attack. His record is significant for its extreme economy: during the 20th century, no regular bowler in English first-class cricket gave away less than his miserly 1.72 runs per over.

But it was remarkable that he could play at all, his lungs being permanently damaged by severe gassing during the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. Compelled by injury to leave the county game early, he returned to play village cricket with pronounced success until late middle-age.

Assisted by access to the family archive, this book explores the challenging life of a respected journeyman professional.