Essex cricketer Denness dies

Cricketer Mike Denness, the only Scotsman to have captained England,has died.

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Tributes paid to Mike Denness

Kent County Cricket Club president Bob Bevan has paid tribute to Mike Denness, he said:

Michael Henry Denness was the finest cricketer ever born in Scotland by a considerable distance. Both on and off the field he epitomised the cricketing term “playing a straight bat”. He was a man of the utmost honesty and integrity. The cricketing counties of Kent and Essex, the whole world of cricket and my wife and I, personally, have lost one of our greatest friends.

– Bob Bevan

The Kent side have published a fulsome tribute on its website.

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Denness dies age 72

Mike Denness, 72, has died after a long illness.

He is the only Scotsman to have catained the England cricket side. He played 28 Tests from 1969 to 1975, 19 of them as captain. He was awarded an OBE in this year's New Years Honours for services to sport.

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