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I was an Aussie laddie at the time of the 74/75 series. I saw Thommo and Lillee at their most lethal at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Ian Chappell lead his side like a street gang. (It included Stackpole, Marsh, Walker, Gilmour, & Dougy Walters). Deness (not played in the Sydney test) showed guts under pressure the whole series; nae helmets & nae decent boxes & should be remembered as such.
Reminders of long afternoons with my dad watching Kent play. Mike Denness was a classy cricketer captaining a side that contained the likes of Asif Iqbal and Alan Knott. Kent's real glory years that I remember with great fondness.He was also a real sportsman and a team player...which is probably why Geoff Boycott disliked him so much...as he was neither.
Difficult to understand why people are saying Jardine was Scottish. He was born in India - as was his father. hE was educated in England and never played cricket in Scotland. Tony Griegs father was born in Scotland so he has more claimns to being Scottish than Jardine..
I used to love to watch kent back in the 70s..what a side...and with ealham in the deep catching everything..mike was a fine player and a decent man RIP....on a seperate point...seems odd theres no cricket on sundays. would it not make sense to play thurs fri sat sun?.or fri-thro monday?
Mike will be missed. Respectful farewell. Wishing strength and courage to all his loved.Dr. Cajetan Coelho
RIP Mike .you brought me many hours of enjoyment watching and listening to you play the great game ....You will be missed by all
The zenith of Mike Denness's Test career was 1974 and 1974-75, and he scored centuries at Lord's, Edgebaston, Melbourne and Auckland...
Sad news. I have very fond memories of the Kent team of the late 60s/70s - Denness, Luckhurst, Cowdrey, Woolmer have now all sadly left us. It was another era.
Played for Paisley Grammar against him in the late fifties. Remember him well - the only batsman that season to score significantly off me! Was proud to see him captain England. RIP.
As has been said he played school cricket for Ayr Academy in Scotland and my Dad remembers playing against him for Kilmarnock Academy in 1957. Kilmarnock all out 35, no one had much hope especially as a young Mike Denness was playing for Ayr until, that is, he was given out rather dubiously LBW but one of his own players who was umpiring ! Ayr Academy finishing on 7 all out !
I remember the first Thompson and Lillie demolition of England in 74/75 and then the first test at Edgbaston in 1975 when he put Australia in when rain was predicted, Australia scored 300 plus.When the rain arrived the pitch was left uncovered in those days, England went in and the Aussies had all the fielders in the slips, the ball lifting frighteningly, they lost by an innings. Mike's Waterloo
A dignified man, good captain and cricketer. My sympathies to his family. RIP
Very sad news for cricket fans of my generation and a significant loss to KCCC. I got his autograph at Northlands Road. Massive smile. RIP.
Never met the man, but knew about him. Respect and RIP.
Sad news indeed. A nice bloke and good cricketer. RIP
Met Mike Denness when he was the leader of a tour party to South Africa in 1999/2000. Lovely man, great host and tells wickely funny stories about his time in cricket. Sadly missed by all that knew him.
"Proof that not all Scots are bad . . ."What a juvenile comment to make.
Loved the way he'd call out 'Wait!" in a Scotttish accent to the other batsmen. I remember a great opening partnership he had with Brian Luckhurst in a one day match vs Leicester. He got 78 or so in amazing style. Outside of the Ashes series he had a pretty respectable record.
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