Peter Denning (cricketer)
|Full name||Peter William Denning|
16 December 1949|
Chewton Mendip, Somerset, England
|Died||17 July 2007
Taunton, Somerset, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||28 June 1969 Somerset v Glamorgan|
|Last First-class||30 June 1984 Somerset v Northamptonshire|
|List A debut||6 July 1969 Somerset v Lancashire|
|Last List A||9 September 1984 Somerset v Nottinghamshire|
|Source: CricketArchive, 13 October 2009|
Peter William Denning (16 December 1949 – 17 July 2007) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Somerset from 1969 to 1984. He was known to Somerset cricket fans as 'Dasher' due to his "pace over the ground", and he was also known for an unorthodox stroke called the 'Chewton carve' or 'Chewton chop', a stroke that cut the ball away between the slips and the covers. Denning was a left-handed top order (often opening) batsman and scored 1,000 runs in a season on six occasions.
Denning was born in the village of Chewton Mendip in Somerset, where his father was the butcher. He was educated at Millfield, where he was captain of cricket and also played tennis, rugby and football. He later studied at St Luke's College, Exeter (now part of the University of Exeter), and qualified as a teacher.
He joined Somerset when they were struggling. However, Somerset later became a strong one-day side with Brian Close as captain and a team containing three world-class players in Viv Richards, Ian Botham and Joel Garner. He was awarded his Somerset cap in 1973. He made his top score, 184, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He hit two centuries in the match against Gloucestershire in 1977, and his 145 in a one-day game against Glamorgan in 1978.
His most prolific year came in 1979, when he made 1,222 runs at a batting average of 42.13. It was a memorable year for Somerset as well as they won the Gillette Cup and Sunday League under Rose's captaincy. Denning was a good limited overs player having the ability to run quick singles. The following year, in partnership with Ian Botham, he added 310 for the fourth wicket against Gloucestershire at Taunton in 1980, which remains a record for Somerset.
He was a member of the Somerset team that won the NatWest Trophy in 1983. He won seven man-of-the-match awards in the one-day game. Denning retired in 1984 after suffering problems with a cartilage and became a grain merchant in Somerset.
Denning died of cancer in Taunton in 2007. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Brian Rose, Denning's former opening partner and Somerset Director of Cricket paid the following tribute to his former team mate: "To me Peter epitomised all that should be good in a professional cricketer. He was hard, stubborn and made it difficult for the opposition – especially when he growled at them. His sad death is a tremendous loss to Somerset cricket."
- Daily Telegraph Sports Section p17: article by David Green, published on 21 July 2007.
- "Somerset stalwart Denning dies at 57", The Guardian, 19 July 2007
- Gibson, Alan (3 December 2009). "A master's celebration that captures the full flavour of Somerset". London: Times Online. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
- Obituary, The Guardian, 25 July 2007
- Somerset opener Peter Denning dies at 57, Cricinfo, 18 July 2007
- Obituary, The Times, 21 September 2007
- Somerset mourn stalwart Denning, BBC News, 18 July 2007
- Obituary, The Independent, 23 July 2007