Middlesex County Cricket Club is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of the club’s greatest ever servants, Don Bennett, who passed away yesterday, 12 June 2014, aged 80.
Don was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in December 1933 and made his first-class playing debut for Middlesex against Lancashire at Old Trafford at the age of just sixteen in June 1950.
He went on to make 392 first-class appearances for the county’s first eleven, scoring over 10,000 runs and taking 748 wickets.
Whilst Don played the final first-class game of his Middlesex career in August of 1968 against Gloucestershire at Bristol, his services to Middlesex were far from finished.
The following season, in 1969, Bennett took over from Jack Robertson as Middlesex County Cricket Club’s Coach, a position he held for almost three decades, guiding the county through the most successful period in its history to date.
Bennett’s tenure at the coaching helm saw Middlesex win the County Championship a staggering six times outright and share the title once. With Mike Brearley as his Captain, the crown was lifted in 1976, shared in 1977, won in 1980 and again in 1982, and under the captaincy of Mike Gatting the title was won in 1985, 1990 and in 1993.
Don Bennett goes down in history as one of Middlesex County Cricket Club’s most celebrated servants, who both as a player and as a coach will long be remembered as one of the club’s finest ambassadors. He also served as the club's President between 2007 and 2009.
His loss will be mourned by all at the club, many of whom will fondly remember him, and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends at this terribly sad time.
At this stage, the club have no details of funeral arrangements.
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