Kenny Benjamin

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Kenneth Benjamin
Personal information
Full nameKenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin
Born (1967-04-08) 8 April 1967 (age 54)
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut18 April 1992 v South Africa
Last Test13 February 1998 v England
ODI debut4 December 1992 v Pakistan
Last ODI17 December 1996 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
1988–1999Leeward Islands
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 26 26 108 93
Runs scored 222 65 1,199 281
Batting average 7.92 10.83 11.64 9.68
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 43* 17 52* 22
Balls bowled 5,132 1,319 19,445 4,563
Wickets 92 33 403 124
Bowling average 30.27 27.96 23.71 23.96
5 wickets in innings 4 0 18 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 2 0
Best bowling 6/66 3/34 7/51 4/33
Catches/stumpings 2/– 4/– 24/– 9/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 21 October 2010

Kenneth Charlie Griffith ("Kenny") Benjamin (born 8 April 1967 in St John's, Antigua) is a former cricketer who played 26 Tests and 26 One Day Internationals for the West Indies.[1]

A right arm fast bowler, Benjamin spent much of his international career bowling alongside Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. He made his Test debut in their side's first ever Test against South Africa, in 1991–92. He never really made a name for himself until a spell of 6–66 against England in 1993–94 which he followed up with seven wickets in his next Test, finishing the series with 22 wickets.

Benjamin was West Indies’ top bowler during the six-Test series in England in 1995. His 23 wickets at 22.00 saw him finish ahead of Ambrose, Walsh and Ian Bishop, while his 10-wicket haul in the fifth Test (5/107 & 5/69) at Trent Bridge bumped him to 10th in the ICC Rankings.

After a playing career that included spells in English and South African domestic cricket, Benjamin coached the United States cricket team.[2] While playing for Netherfield cricket team(Kendal) in England's Northern Premier League system, Benjamin was also contracted to coach schoolchildren, one of whom, Will Greenwood, went on to play international rugby for England. Greenwood remembers Benjamin's unique approach to keeping his young pupils attentive:

"If you were foolish enough to horse about, he'd bowl at you, coming in off just one yard and fire down the fastest ball you ever faced. He would then walk down the wicket, and, in a lazy West Indian drawl, say, "Don't mess about in my net sessions"."[3]

Michael Vaughan, in his autobiography, gives credit to a "scary" time spent facing Benjamin in the nets, as formative in his development in facing fast bowlers. Aged 14, Vaughan made the first team at Sheffield Collegiate, for whom Benjamin also played.[4]


  1. ^ "Kenny Benjamin | West Indies Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo".
  2. ^ "USA name squad for Champions Trophy | USA Cricket News". ESPN Cricinfo.
  3. ^ Greenwood, Will (3 August 2010). Will: The Autobiography of Will Greenwood – Will Greenwood – Google Books. ISBN 9781407088785.
  4. ^ Vaughan, Michael (28 April 2011). Michael Vaughan: Time to Declare My Autobiography – Michael Vaughan – Google Books. ISBN 9781848948617.