Full Name

Donald Bennett

Born

December 18, 1933, Wakefield, Yorkshire

Died

June 12, 2014 (aged 80y 176d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

Education

Ashford County Grammar School

Other

Coach, Administrator

TEAMS

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.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC40461212510656117*21.884341590
List A9939631*16.000030
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC40443150205987847/4726.272.8655.0241
List A9444228144/274/2716.283.0831.7200

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1950 - 1968
List A Matches
Span
1963 - 1969

Photos


The Middlesex squad for the 1982 squad
Don Bennett