(*60*)(*60*)Joey Benjamin, former England, and Surrey pacer has died at the age of 60 after struggling a coronary heart assault.
Surrey membership chairman Richard Thompson paid tribute to the St Kitts-born seamer, saying: “I`ve known Joey for 25 years and have gloried in his triumphs. I particularly remember the final Test at The Oval in 1994, where his performance earned him an Ashes tour. It was a long time coming as anyone who watched him bowl that season would testify.”
“Everything he did was with a smile and grace. He wore the brown cap very proudly with absolute distinction and will be long remembered at Surrey County Cricket Club. He has been taken too soon,” he added.
Benjamin needed to wait till he was 27 earlier than breaking into the county recreation, impressing for Staffordshire and at membership stage earlier than Warwickshire took him on and gave him his Championship debut in 1988. His brisk tempo and skill to swing the ball away from right-handers was seen by Surrey regardless of restricted alternatives at Edgbaston and he joined the workers at the Kia Oval in 1992, rapidly establishing himself as an everyday member of the County Championship aspect.
Increasing familiarity together with his new environment noticed him flourish with a haul of 64 Championship wickets the next season. It was in 1994, at the mature age of 33, that the most effective of Benjamin got here by as a marketing campaign that introduced him, 76 victims, at 20 apiece earned him a crack at the worldwide scene.
Included within the squad for the penultimate Test of the summer time, in opposition to South Africa at Headingley, he missed out on the ultimate eleven however changed Angus Fraser within the subsequent match at his adopted residence of The Oval.
One of three Surrey gamers within the aspect – alongside county skipper Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe – Benjamin trapped Hansie Cronje and Kepler Wessels LBW earlier than having David Richardson caught behind and Craig Matthews snaffled within the slips to complete with 4-64 in 17 spectacular overs
That he was restricted to 11 wicketless overs within the second innings owed a lot to Devon Malcolm`s remarkably damaging 9-57, one of many nice quick bowling shows within the historical past of Test cricket, however his strong contribution to a series-levelling victory was rewarded by a spot in England touring aspect to Australia the next winter.
That profitable outing within the Oval Test was additionally some compensation for the crushing disappointment Benjamin had felt 9 days earlier, when he nearly snatched a exceptional victory in Surrey`s NatWest Trophy semi-final thriller in opposition to Worcestershire. Few gave the hosts an opportunity after Tim Curtis (136no) had partnered Tom Moody (180no) in a mighty stand of 309 which sped Worcestershire to 357-2.
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