Nigel Harvie Bennett

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Nigel Bennett
Major Nigel Bennett.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nigel Harvie Bennett
Born (1912-09-23)23 September 1912
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
Died 26 July 2008(2008-07-26) (aged 95)
Bristol, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Role Middle order batsman, captain
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946 Surrey
First-class debut 4 May 1946 Surrey v MCC
Last First-class 5 September 1946
Surrey v Combined Services
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 31
Runs scored 688
Batting average 16.00
100s/50s –/4
Top score 79
Balls bowled 37
Wickets 1
Bowling average 25.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/1
Catches/stumpings 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 September 2008

Major Nigel Harvie Bennett (23 September 1913 – 26 July 2008) was an English cricketer.

Bennett was unexpectedly appointed as the county captain of Surrey County Cricket Club in 1946 when the club was still recovering from the Second World War.[1] It is generally believed he was mistaken for the prominent club cricketer and BBC captain, Major Leo Bennett, who was mooted as a likely choice.[2][3] Leo Bennett later played for Northamptonshire.

Nigel Bennett had played three matches for Surrey Second Eleven in 1936, twice against Kent Second Eleven and once against Wiltshire. He played in 31 first-class matches for Surrey as a right-handed batsman, scoring 688 runs at an average of 16.00 with a highest score of 79. He scored four half-centuries and took six catches. Bennett was "a weak batsman and utterly lost as a county captain",[4] and Surrey slumped to 11th, their worst ever finish.[5] He was replaced by Errol Holmes, who was recalled as captain for the 1947 and 1948 seasons.

Bennett was born at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and died in Bristol.


  1. ^ Gordon Ross. The Surrey Story (1957 ed.). Stanley Paul. 
  2. ^ ACS Journal 2004
  3. ^ "Nigel Harvey Bennett - Cricinfo profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Unthanked captains". Wisden Cricket Monthly. 1986. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Former Surrey captain Bennett dies aged 95". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 

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