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Former Kent County Cricket Club wicketkeeper and secretary dies

Sunday 12th April 2015

Former Kent County Cricket Club wicketkeeper and secretary Maurice Fenner has died at the age of 86.

Born in Linton near Maidstone in 1929, Mr Fenner played 33 first-class games for the county and Combined Services, taking 47 catches and 13 stumpings and scoring 708 runs.

The left-handed batsman represented Kent from 1947 to 1954 and won his Second XI cap in 1952.

In a cameo with the ball, he took one wicket for one run in five deliveries for the Combined Services.

He faced the touring Australians for the Combined Services, featuring the great Fred Trueman OBE, at Hawker's Sports Ground in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1953.

The tourists batted first, amassing 592 for four declared with double-centuries from Keith Miller and Jim de Courcy before being bowled by Ray Lindwall and Jack Hill for 1 and 28 in the reply, ending in an innings and 261-run defeat.

After his playing days, he was appointed club secretary in 1977 and served until 1982.

Mr Fenner is survived by his wife Peggy. The funeral service will be held at Charing on Wednesday 22 April at 2.40pm.

Everyone at Kent Cricket would like to express their condolences to Maurice’s family and friends.