Lawrence 'Lol' Spence (1932-2017)

Leicestershire CCC is saddened to learn of the passing of former player and Head Groundsman Lawrence ‘Lol’ Spence at the age of 85.

Lol joined Blaby Village CC after leaving school and then played for the Club and Ground and Second XI before joining Leicestershire’s playing staff in 1949.

He spent two years National Service in the Royal Artillery at Woolwich, and on his return to the staff in 1952 played a total of 20 first-class matches as a right handed batsman and leg-break bowler.

After retiring from first-class cricket, Lol retained his connection with sport as a groundsman, firstly by assisting W Berridge at Wyggeston Grammar School, and then as Head Greenkeeper at Scraptoft Golf Club.

Lol returned to Grace Road as Assistant Groundsman to Walter White in 1970, taking over as Head Groundsman when Walter retired in 1973, until he retired in 1997. He was responsible for the practice wickets at the ground that have so impressed players over the years.

Though he played his last first-class match in 1954, Lol continued to play club cricket for Leicester Banks and then Lutterworth, being a member of the team in their 1973 County Cup triumph.

Lol (pictured here at The Oval, 1952, back row, far left), was also a fine artist, painting many local scenes, including his beloved Grace Road.

A funeral service for Lol will be held on Thursday, October 26 at 12 noon at All Saints Parish Church in Blaby, LE8 4FA.

All of Lol’s friends from Leicestershire County Cricket Club are welcome to attend – if any former players or work colleagues of Lol are planning to attend, please email and we will inform his family.