Benning is a top-order batsman, an athletic fielder and also a useful medium-pace bowler.
He played for England at Under-15 to Under-19 level and Surrey until 2009, when he joined Leicestershire.
He played four first-class games for Surrey in 2005, making a top-score of 124, but was more widely used in the one-day format as he played every match in the Totesport league and scored 553 runs and took nine wickets.
He was the first recipient of the Ben Hollioake Scholarship, which is awarded to a young player who shows great potential.
He played half of Surrey's championship games in 2007, scoring just one half-century, but his moment of glory came in the Friends Provident Trophy when he shared in a record-breaking opening stand with Ali Brown. Benning contributed 152 to a total of 496.
His 2008 season was not as successful as he would have liked as he struggled to make an impression and was dropped after an indifferent start.
He played five matches and scored 159 runs in the championship, but fared better in the Friends Provident Trophy when he averaged 35 and was one of just three Surrey players to record a hundred.
But Benning was put under the spotlight with the arrival of Chris Adams at Surrey in 2009. He was made available for loan, before becoming one of four Surrey players released in August 2009.
He then joined Leicestershire in September.