Full name Charles Bennett (4th Earl of Tankerville)
Born November 15, 1743, Westminster, London
Died December 10, 1822, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey (aged 79 years 25 days)
Major teams Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Height 5 ft 8 in
Education Eton College
|First-class debut||Surrey XI v Kent XI at Laleham, Jun 21-22, 1773 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sir H Mann's XI v Duke of Dorset's XI at Bishopsbourne, Aug 8-11, 1781 scorecard|
Charles Bennett, Fourth Earl of Tankerville, played an important part in Chertsey's preeminence in the late 18th century. Educated at Eton from 1753 to 1760, he succeeded to the Earldom in 1767. In 1771 he married Emma, daughter of Sir James Colebrook of Gatton, and soon afterwards they settled at Walton on Thames. He had a rather murky reputation - he once got involved in a brawl with a coachman - and one report said that he was "renowned for nothing but cricket playing, bruising and keeping low company." A sound batsman, for much of the 1770s he was a keen patron of Surrey cricket and a regular member of the Chertsey side. His enthusiasm for the game extended to him employing "Lumpy" Stevens as his gardener as well as William Bedster.
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