Considered by many to be one of the best fielders in the world, Penney was also a handy middle-order batsman and twice reached the 1,000-run mark in a season.
One of the veterans of the Warwickshire team, he made his debut back in 1992 and earned his full county cap two years later.
Was a key member of the successful Warwickshire side that dominated county cricket in the mid-1990s and has an impressive trophy count.
Brought up in Zimbabwe, he played hockey at international level between 1984-87 and also made the African team that played in Asia in 1987.
After that he turned his attentions to cricket and played for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in 1987.
Made an immediate impact upon his arrival in English county cricket, scoring 102 not out on his first class debut for Warwickshire against Cambridge University in 1992, and was a valued member of the squad ever since.
Also turned his hand to coaching, regularly taking fielding sessions with all age groups and the England women’s side at the ECB National Academy in Loughborough.
Announced his retirement from playing at the end of the 2005 season to take up the position of assistant coach with Sri Lanka.