Mike Denness holding another trophy after skippering the Kent side to more glory !
Today sadly saw the passing of Mike Denness. A superb cricketer and gentleman. I'm so very glad that I was able to thank him personally for all the joy he brought me when watching him play and captaining Kent to so many titles and trophies during that golden age of the 70's.
He kindly signed a copy of his book, I Declare, for me a couple of years ago. I must read that again.
Kent were fortunate to have such a talented group of players, however, it needed someone special like him to lead them all to success. One needs to remember that the success he brought to Kent was achieved against a background of frequent disruption due to the loss of key players such as Luckhurst, Knott, Underwood and Woolmer to the Test and One Day England teams aside from himself of course. In addition, he'd lose Asif, Julien and Shepherd too to touring sides.
He wasn't greatly treated by Kent when they removed the captaincy from him and so I was pleased to see him return to the club in later life as Chairman and then President.
I will always have those wonderful memories of him to look back on with great affection.
Our loss is Heaven's gain with Luckhurst and Denness reunited to open the batting !
Mike Denness R.I.P.