Denness becomes Kent president
Former England and Kent captain Mike Denness has been named the county’s president for 2012, succeeding John Shepherd.
The stylish opening batsman served Kent with distinction for 15 seasons, scoring 17,047 runs at an average of 32.90 in 333 games. He struck 21 centuries with a highest score of 178 against Somerset at Maidstone in 1975.
Denness made 1,667 Test runs, including four hundreds, at 39.69 in 28 matches – 19 as captain. His best of 188 came against Australia at Melbourne on the 1974-75 tour.
He later played for Essex, before becoming chairman of the Kent Cricket Committee and an ICC match referee.
Shepherd said: "This year has been very special for me. First, the past presidents of the club honoured me by inviting me to be the president for the 2011 season; then the members voted me a legend of Kent Cricket. Both accolades were unexpected but most humbling and I have had the time of my life.
“I'm pleased to announce that Mike Denness will succeed me as the KCCC president for the 2012 season. Mike was an outstanding opening bat for Kent, who became captain and was ever present in what we fondly call 'the Kent glory years'.
"On telling him of his appointment, Mike said, 'Shep, what a great Christmas present! This has cheered me up no end. Doreen and I are eagerly looking forward to my appointment and serving the club again'.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this accolade than Mike and, if he has half as enjoyable a time as Sue and I experienced, he will have a wonderful year."
Kent chairman George Kennedy CBE added: "I first worked with Mike Denness when we were both general committee members some years ago. I am delighted he is returning to the club as president and particularly that he is following John Shepherd, another of Kent's legends.
“The committee were unanimous in ratifying the past presidents' recommendation. I am sure Mike and Doreen will thoroughly enjoy their year of office."