Joe Denly

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Joe Denly
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Personal information
Full name Joseph Liam Denly
Born (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 31)
Canterbury, Kent
Nickname Denners, Joey, No Pants
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg spin
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 209) 27 August 2009 v Ireland
Last ODI 2 October 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 2 (previously 55)
T20I debut (cap 47) 30 August 2009 v Australia
Last T20I 20 Feb 2010 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no. 2
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–2011 Kent
2011–2014 Middlesex
2013 Barisal Burners
2014 Brothers Union
2015–present Kent (squad no. 6)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 9 5 164 135
Runs scored 268 20 9,031 4,055
Batting average 29.77 4.00 34.20 34.36
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 19/48 6/20
Top score 67 14 206* 115
Balls bowled 6 2,908 584
Wickets 1 32 22
Bowling average 9.00 51.34 21.95
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/9 3/43 3/19
Catches/stumpings 5/– 1/– 70/– 44/–
Source: CricInfo, 22 May 2017

Joseph Liam Denly (born 16 March 1986) is an English professional cricketer who plays for Kent County Cricket Club. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional leg break bowler who plays as a top-order batsman. Denly began his cricketing career at Kent before moving to Middlesex at the end of the 2011 season before returning to Kent for the 2014 season. He has represented England in One Day Internationals and Twenty20 international matches.

Denly first came to attention during the England Under 19 tour of India in 2005 where he made three half-centuries in three youth Test matches. He had previously represented England at Under 17 level and went on the ECB Under 18 tour to the Netherlands in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Denly was born in Canterbury in 1986. He attended Chaucer Technology School in the city.[1]


Denly played for Kent County Cricket Club at every age level and was a member of the county's cricket academy. He made his first-class debut against Oxford University in 2004 and played his debut County Championship match against Gloucestershire in 2005. At the end of the season he was offered an extension to his contract. He played for England at under-17, 18 and 19 level.

In 2006 Denly represented Gore Court in the Kent Cricket League, having previously represented Whitstable in the same league, averaging 61.75.[2]

In 2007, Denly carried his bat for 115 not out out of a Kent total of only 199 against Hampshire at Canterbury.[3] In July Denly was called up to the England Lions squad for the match against India, and made 83 off 90 balls. In his first season, he brought up 1000 first class runs.

The 2008 season began slowly with a series of low scores. He did, however, make a career best score of 149 against Somerset at Tunbridge Wells and go on to end the season as one of the year's highly rated players.[4]

Denly has spent several English off-seasons, starting in 2006–07, playing in Australia in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition for UTS Balmain (now known as Sydney Cricket Club), in part to improve his back foot play.[5][6][7] He returned to the club for the 2016–17 season.[8]

Denly was called up to England's squad for the One Day International (ODI) series against Australia on 17 August 2009,[9] and made his international debut in the ODI match against Ireland on 27 August 2009, opening the innings and top-scoring with 67.[10] Denly made his international Twenty20 debut against Australia on 30 August 2009, though the result was a golden duck, the same result was achieved in his second Twenty20 against South Africa.

On 9 September 2011, Denly surpassed his previous high score of 149 and recorded a score of 199 against Derbyshire. On 28 September 2011, Denly moved from Kent, his boyhood club, to newly promoted Middlesex.[11] He returned to Kent in October 2014 after three seasons with Middlesex.[12] Denly improved on his first-class high score in May 2016 when he scored 206 not out in the first innings of a match against Northamptonshire, his maiden first-class double century.[13] He signed a long-term contract extension during August 2016,[14] having made headlines earlier in the year when he retired not out in a County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby when his wife went into labour unexpectedly early with the couple's first child.[15][16][17] At the beginning of 2016, Denly gave up alcohol for a year in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the Professional Cricketers' Association benevolent fund, raising more than £4,000.[18][19]


  1. ^ Joe Denly - player profile, CricInfo. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  2. ^ "Gore Court Batting 2006". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Kent star Denly defies Aussie duo". BBC Sport. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  4. ^ Howells, Kevin (25 September 2008). "Kevin Howells' team of the season". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Berry S (2009) Joe Denly aiming to put England on to the front foot, Daily Telegraph, 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  6. ^ Wu A (2010) Ashes dream turns to dust - England discard hits Sydney grade scene, Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  7. ^ Braid M (2010) Denly hopes to join in English run parade. Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  8. ^ Callinan D (2016) Newcastle Steel defeated by Daniel Smith and Joe Denly-inspired Sydney Cricket Club in NSW Premier Twenty20 Cup, Newcastle Herald, 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  9. ^ "Pietersen out of England ODI squad". Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ireland v England at Belfast, 2009". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  11. ^ "Joe Denly has signed for Middlesex". Middlesex County Cricket Club. 28 September 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Former England batsman Joe Denly agrees return to Kent Cricket after being released by Middlesex". Kent Online. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Stokes M (2016) Kent batsman Joe Denly says his unbeaten double century against Northamptonshire was among the best knocks of his career, Kent Online, 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  14. ^ Hoad A (2016) Kent batsman Joe Denly has signed a long-term contract extension., Kent Online, 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  15. ^ Dickson double and late drama changes game, CricInfo, 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  16. ^ Tredwell, Bell-Drummond complete great Kent comeback, CricInfo, 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  17. ^ Hoad A (2016) Kent beat Derbyshire by seven wickets in the Specsavers County Championship thanks to career bests by Sean Dickson and Calum Haggett, Kent Online, 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  18. ^ Hoad A (2016) Kent and England batsman Joe Denly gives up alcohol for a year to raise money for Cancer Research and PCA Benevolent Fund, Kent Online, 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  19. ^ Joe Denly raises more than £4,000 for charity, Kent County Cricket Club, 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-02-04.

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