Snape came to the attention of the wider cricketing world after he played in each of Gloucestershire's winning sides during four Lord's finals in 1999 and 2000.
In 2001 the all-rounder gained international recognition at the age of 28 with selection for England’s one-day tour of Zimbabwe where he distinguished himself on debut by claiming the man-of-the-match award.
In Harare he bowled 10 tidy overs of off spin, taking the wickets of the two Flower brothers, and held two catches in the outfield but was not required to bat.
Snape began his county career at Northamptonshire and played for the midlands county from 1992 to 1998 before joining Gloucestershire, where he was an integral part of their trophy-winning squad.
After his England debut he played in four of the six ODIs in India and was seen by many as in the frame for World Cup 2003.
He eventually left Gloucestershire and moved to Leicestershire in 2002, where his all-round ability was a key component of their 2004 Twenty20 Cup success.
He was restricted to only two championship appearances in 2005, but he played all but three of Leicestershire's totesport League games, taking 13 wickets.
Had a mixed 2006 season, the highlight being the Twenty20 cup when he topped Leicestershire's batting averages at 39.5 and took 12 wickets.
He was called up by England's management team during the 2007 World Cup as a mental preparation coach, and featured as a player in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa later that year.
Snape was awarded a testimonial by Leicestershire for 2008, having signed a one-year contract to play only one-day cricket that summer. He announced his retirement in June.
South Africa signed him up as performance coach ahead of the 2008 Test series against England and he agreed to rejoin the Proteas for the 2008/09 tour to Australia.