Mike Denness

Mike Denness captained Kent during the 1970s and made his county into a winning unit © Getty Images

Canterbury: Jul 2, 2013

Mike Denness, the former Kent and England captain’s died a lengthy and courageous fight against cancer this April when he was 72.

Denness’s memorial service to celebrate his life was held at Canterbury Cathedral on Monday evening, reports bbc.co.uk.

Denness captained Kent during the 1970s and made his county into a winning unit. Under his captaincy Kent achieved lot of success. He played for Kent from 1962 until 1976 and was named as the club’s president for 2012.

Chris Cowdrey former England captain, former Kent and West Indies star John Shephard and Kent cricket president Bob “The Cat” Bevan spoke in the invitation-event.

Denness, who also had a brief spell playing for Essex, was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Following his retirement as a player, he later became a match referee for the International Cricket Council.