Full name Donald Bennett
Born December 18, 1933, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Died June 12, 2014 (aged 80 years 176 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Other Coach, Administrator
Education Ashford County Grammar School
|First-class span||1950 - 1968|
|List A span||1963 - 1969|
Don Bennett served Middlesex as a player and coach for more than half a century from the time he made his debut as a 16-year-old in 1950, to his retirement as first-team coach in 1997, a role had occupied since he took over from Jack Robertson in 1968, and then as a committee member.
A right-hand middle-order batsman and fast-medium bowler, he was a fixture in the Middlesex side from 1951 to 1965, passing 1000 runs twice -in 1953 and 1955 - and regularly taking more than 50 wickets. In 1964 he made the best of his four hundreds, 117 not out against Yorkshire, sharing a seventh-wicket stand of 220 with John Murray. His best return with the ball came in 1956 when he took 7 for 47 at Hove.
He played little in his last three seasons as he slid into coaching. While as a player the county won nothing during his time, as a coach Middlesex enjoyed unprecedented success, winning seven Championships (one shared) as well as the Gillette Cup (four times), the Benson & Hedges Cup (twice) and the Sunday League. He retired in 1997 and served on various committees and in 2007 was elected as the club president.
Bennett was also a decent footballer, and like several of the Middlesex side at the time he was on the books with Arsenal from 1951 to 1958 but he only played second-team football for them. In 1958 he moved to Coventry City where he turned out in 73 matches in three seasons.
Injuries to several key players and an ineffective bowling attack resulted in an underwhelming debut season for MS Dhoni's men