Michael Henry Denness. Kent & England 1962-1976

Michael Henry Denness OBE was a Scottish born cricketer who played for Kent, Essex, England and Scotland. He made his debut for Kent in 1962 and played 330 matches for the county between 1962 and 1976 before moving to Essex. In total he scored over 25,000 first class runs with a highest score of 195. He captained Kent between 1972 and 1976 and had major success winning the John Player League three times (1972, 1973, 1976), the Benson & Hedges Cup twice (1973, 1976), and the Gillette Cup in 1974, and captained England in nineteen Tests between 1973/74 and 1975 including the Test tours of 1973/74 to the West Indies and to Australia in 1974/75. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1975 and remains the only England captain to be born in Scotland. Denness later became an ICC match referee. He was president of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012/13. This collection of blazers are being sold by the family

Lot 480:
Lot 480
Michael Colin Cowdrey. Kent, Oxford University and England 1950-1976. Original mono press photograph of Cowdrey wearing England blazer, seated in a armchair in the England changing room, his left leg supported by pillows. Cowdrey had torn a thigh muscle and was unable to field in the third Test v Australia at Edgbaston in 1968. Signed in ink in later years by Cowdrey. VG
Estimate: £25/35
Hammer price: £10
Lot 481:
Lot 481
Bryan Herbert Valentine. Kent, Cambridge University & England 1927-1948. Original mono press photograph of Valentine being applauded onto the pitch by spectators as he walks out to bat with Patsy Hendren. Date and location unknown but assumed to be 1930s. Signed to the photograph by Valentine. 10"x8". Minor creasing and a small tear to left edge, otherwise in good condition. A nice image
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
Lot 482:
Lot 482
'Kent County Cricket XI., Dover, 1910'. Original official sepia photograph of the Kent County Team at Dover in 1910, the players seated and standing in rows wearing cricket attire. Players are Blythe, Woolley, Fielder, Seymour, Hooman, Carr, Mason, Hutchings, Huish, Knott and Humphreys. The photograph by Charles Harris of Dover measures 11"x8", laid to photographer's mount, overall 17.5"x14". Players' names and title to borders. Wear to the surface of the mount, the photograph in good condition
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £40
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Cricket magic lantern slides and lecture notes. A large collection of over three hundred glass magic lantern slides of cricket interest including those devoted to the development and history of the game, views of grounds worldwide, portraits of county and Test teams, individual players and groups, some coloured, the majority mono. Players and teams featured on the slides include W.G. Grace, Barnes, Ranji, Lockwood, Barlow, Stoddart, Townsend, Noble, Trumper, Hirst, Spofforth, Fry, William Gunn, Hornby, Jessop, Lohmann, Hawke, Briggs etc. Of the three hundred slides there are around forty slides, in the auctioneers opinion, which are 'first generation' images, probably taken from the original negative or print and these slides are much sharper images than the remaining slides which appear to be copy images which have been taken from rare and historical documents, paintings, photographs, photographs, drawings etc. The slides are accompanied by lecture notes to which the images on the slides were the illustrations. The typewritten notes comprising of eighty one pages, tied with ribbon at the corner, with handwritten annotation and prompts on some pages of the lecture notes. The first page is headed 'Cricket. Lecture 1' and begins with the story of the evolution of cricket from the very early days through to around the turn of the century, the notes include mention to the greats of that time including recollections and knowledge of Parr, Walker Brothers, Pilch, Emmett, the Graces, Nyren, Aylward, 'Lumpy Stevens', Harris, Small, 'Silver Billy' Beldham, Steel, Frederick Beauclerk, E.H. Budd, William Ward, Lambert, Felix, Mynn, William Clarke, Hayward, Carpenter etc, towards the end of the lecture notes he devotes many pages to his admiration for Edward Mills Grace. Although the author is unknown it appears the lecturer/author of the notes played cricket to a good standard with references 'I remember playing in a match at Barnsley where Ephraim Lockwood, then Yorkshire's best bat, was calmly given in, on an appeal for a catch at the wicket, though the hit could be plainly heard by every person on the field'.... and 'I was taking part in the match at Thornbury in June of '84 when O.G. Radcliffe scored 53 off three, five ball over, from E.M., the second over produced four sixes and a four...' within the notes. The slides and lecture notes are accompanied by two magic lanterns, one apparently in working order, and a lantern spare bulb. Occasional crack to odd glass plate and one broken otherwise in good condition, many labelled with name of player or team. A rare large collection of lantern slides with original lecture notes. The collection also includes additional items bought by Smith including a small selection of glass negatives featuring county and Test cricketers from various periods and a small collection of negatives of Colin Cowdrey batting in the nets
Estimate: £500/800
Hammer price: £2600
This collection was bought by Mike Smith from Phillips sale of September 1980 and all his life he was convinced that they were the collection of Alfred James Gaston, the Sussex cricket follower, collector and writer [and possibly dealer...]. Towards the end of his life in the period 1910 to mid 1920's he 'visited the towns and villages of the county to preach the gospel of cricket', also appearing in Kent, Lord's and the Oval, showing his lantern slides and lecturing from prepared notes and his notes appear to be of a similar format to these being sold in this lot. However there is no firm evidence of theses notes being Gaston's and although the notes do cover a great variety of cricketing subjects, there is not the leaning towards Sussex cricket which apparently Gaston's notes contained.

The first generation, sharper, images include eight of W.G. Grace, Ranji, Lockwood, R.G. Barlow, Stoddart, C.L. Townsend, Noble, J.H. Day, Rhodes, Fry, Briggs, W. Gunn, Lohmann, Ranji & Fry, Fry & Townsend etc and teams including England 1895, England 1893, England at the Oval 1893, Veterans at Lord's 1889, Gentlemen of England at Lord's 1888, Kent 1884, Nottinghamshire 1884, Gentlemen of M.C.C. 1887 etc.
Lot 483a:
Lot 483a
Cricket magic lantern slides. Collection of thirty five glass lantern slides, the slides feature scenes of early cricket including cricketers Mynn, Clarke, Nyren, Ward, Thomas Lord, Bat & Ball Inn etc. Plus some more modern cricketers, Bosanquet, Fry, Ranji, W.G. Grace etc. The slides stored in an original fitted wooden box with metal clasps and leather strap. Four slides cracked, one with loss to corner. G
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £40

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