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Mike Denness      

Full name Michael Henry Denness

Born December 1, 1940, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Died April 19, 2013 (aged 72 years 139 days)

Major teams England, Scotland, Essex, Kent

Nickname Haggis

Batting style Right-hand bat

Other Referee

Height 5 ft 11 in

Education Ayr Academy

Michael Henry Denness
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 28 45 3 1667 188 39.69 4 7 192 2 28 0
ODIs 12 11 2 264 66 29.33 417 63.30 0 1 17 2 1 0
First-class 501 838 65 25886 195 33.48 33 152 410 0
List A 232 219 21 5393 118* 27.23 6 28 94 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 28 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 501 84 62 2 1/7 31.00 4.42 42.0 0 0
List A 232 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1969 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 10-14, 1975 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Leeds, Jun 18, 1975 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1959-1980
List A span 1963-1980
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut West Indies v New Zealand at Bridgetown, Apr 19-23, 1996 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Feb 7-10, 2002 scorecard
Test matches 14
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v New Zealand at Kingston, Mar 26, 1996 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Feb 17, 2002 scorecard
ODI matches 35
ODI statistics
Profile

Few contemporary batsmen were more stylish than Mike Denness at his peak, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Tallish and slim, well-balanced, immaculately dressed on and off the field, possessed of a fine array of strokes and an excellent cover fieldsman to boot, Denness looked a model cricketer in every way. It was his misfortune that when those qualities won him the England captaincy, after Ray Illingworth's dismissal, he lacked the support of one of the players on whom he was most dependent. Geoff Boycott, who made no secret of how acutely he coveted the captaincy himself, played only the first six of Denness's 19 Tests as captain, which fatally holed England's prospects against Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson in Australia in 1974-75. Deposed when Australia won the first Test of 1975 at Edgbaston, Denness took his medicine with typical graciousness. He later became an ICC match referee but, at Port Elizabeth in 2001-02, his decision to sanction six Indian players, including Sachin Tendulkar, caused such a furore that the Indian and South African boards barred Denness from officiating in the next match, at Centurion. The ICC responded by withdrawing Test status from the game. He died in April 2013 after a battle with cancer during his final days as president of Kent.
John Thicknesse

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Nov 22, 2001

Protestors in Kolkata criticise the judgements of Mike Denness, November 20, 2001

Protestors in Kolkata criticise the judgements of Mike Denness

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Nov 21, 2001

Protesters in Kolkata burn an effigy of Mike Denness, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, November 21 2001

Protesters in Kolkata burn an effigy of Mike Denness

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Nov 21, 2001

Protesters in Kolkata burn an effigy of Mike Denness, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, November 21 2001

Protesters in Kolkata burn an effigy of Mike Denness

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1975
Autobiography - I Declare (1977)

Awarded the OBE on 29th Dec 2012

Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Investec Test: England v India at Nottingham - Jul 9-13
India 457 England 352/9
North Division: Northants v Derbyshire at Northampton - Jul 11
Northants won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
South Division: Surrey v Glamorgan at The Oval - Jul 11
Glamorgan won by 4 runs
North Division: Warwickshire v Worcs at Birmingham - Jul 11
Warwickshire won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
South Division: Sussex v Kent at Hove - Jul 11
Kent won by 3 runs
Northants v Somerset at Northampton
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South Division: Essex v Kent at Colchester
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