Michael Henry Denness. Kent & England 1962-1976

Michael Henry Denness OBE was a Scottish born cricketer who played for Kent, Essex, England and Scotland. He made his debut for Kent in 1962 and played 330 matches for the county between 1962 and 1976 before moving to Essex. In total he scored over 25,000 first class runs with a highest score of 195. He captained Kent between 1972 and 1976 and had major success winning the John Player League three times (1972, 1973, 1976), the Benson & Hedges Cup twice (1973, 1976), and the Gillette Cup in 1974, and captained England in nineteen Tests between 1973/74 and 1975 including the Test tours of 1973/74 to the West Indies and to Australia in 1974/75. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1975 and remains the only England captain to be born in Scotland. Denness later became an ICC match referee. He was president of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012/13. This collection of blazers are being sold by the family

Lot 480:
Lot 480
Michael Henry Denness. Kent, Essex, England and Scotland 1962-1980. M.C.C. tour of India, Pakistan & Ceylon 1972/73. Official M.C.C. navy blue touring blazer with embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St George & Dragon of England and below in scroll 'India, Pakistan & Ceylon 1972/73' to breast pocket worn by Mike Denness on the tour.. Trimming to pockets, sleeves and blazer edging in M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. The blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. Very good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
This was Denness's first M.C.C. tour under the captaincy of Tony Lewis, he scored 706 runs on the tour with a highest score of 95 and an average of 32.09. England won the first Test but ended up losing the Test series 2-1, the other Tests were drawn
Lot 481:
Lot 481
Michael Henry Denness. Kent, Essex, England and Scotland 1962-1980. M.C.C. tour of the West Indies 1974. Official M.C.C. navy blue touring blazer with embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St George & Dragon of England and below in scroll 'West Indies 1974' to breast pocket worn by Mike Denness on the tour. Trimming to pockets, sleeves and blazer edging in M.C.C. colours of yellow and red. The blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. 'M.H. Denness' handwritten to inside label. Very good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £300
The saga of the England captaincy continued as a subject of debate through 1973. Tony Lewis had retired as captain due to injury and finally Mike Denness was appointed M.C.C. captain for the tour of the West Indies in 1974. As for the new captain, Denness had a poor tour, who it is reported 'Seeming out of his depth, both as a captain and batsman', he scored only 504 runs from 19 innings with a highest score of 67 and an average of 33.60. England drew the series 1-1 with the other Tests drawn
Lot 482:
Lot 482
Michael Henry Denness. Kent, Essex, England and Scotland 1962-1980. M.C.C. tour of Australia and New Zealand 1974/75. Official M.C.C. navy blue touring blazer with embroidered M.C.C. emblem in white of St George & Dragon of England and below in scroll 'Australia & New Zealand 1974-1975' to breast pocket worn by Mike Denness on the tour. The blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: unsold
For the first time in several years, the captaincy remained unchanged for successive major tours. The tour selection was criticised, too many fast bowlers and not enough batsman, the selection of Denness as captain and the non selection of Jon Snow. In addition Boycott withdrew stating he was not fit enough mentally to return to Test cricket. Not good omens for the tour and it proved to be the case. England were destroyed by Lillee and Thomson and lost the series 4-0 with one Test drawn. Denness stood down from the captaincy and from playing due to lack of form just prior to the start of the fourth Test and John Edrich took over for this match. Denness returned to the captaincy in the firth Test which was lost but against all the odds in the sixth Test, England beat Australia by an innings and four runs with Denness scoring 188.

Note. The blazer for the 1974/75 tour did not have trimming to pockets, sleeves and blazer edging in M.C.C. colours
Lot 483:
Lot 483
Michael Henry Denness. Kent, Essex, England and Scotland 1962-1980. England navy blue home blazer with embroidered emblem in white of the three lions and crown of England to breast pocket worn by Mike Denness on the tour. The blazer by Simpson of Piccadilly. Sold with his England home tie which shows his One Day International player number '21' to label to the back of the tie. Qty 2. Good/very good condition
Estimate: £250/350
Hammer price: £300
Mike Denness played in eight home Test matches, his first in 1969 against New Zealand and his last against Australia in 1975. In total he played 29 Test matches for England scoring 1667 runs with a highest score of 188 and an average of 39.69 scoring four centuries. Denness played in his first one day international in 1973 against the West Indies at Leeds, top scoring with 66 and England winning by one wicket with three balls remaining.

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