Ex-cricket star Denness dead at 72

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Former England captain Mike Denness died age 72 on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Denness was the only Scotsman ever to captain England, leading the team in 19 of his 28 Tests between 1969 and 1975.

He also played 12 one-day internationals and went onto become an ICC match referee.

Denness was awarded an OBE in this year’s New Years honors for services to sport. Denness played county cricket for Kent and Essex, scoring more than 25,000 runs in his first-class career and captaining Kent to six domestic trophies between 1972 and 1976.