John Bennett (cricketer, born 1777)

John Bennett (1777 – July 1857) was an English professional cricketer who made 61 known appearances in first-class cricket matches between 1797 and 1818. His cousin was James Bennett who played in five matches from 1798 to 1805. Not to be confused with John Bennett (Derbyshire cricketer)



Bennett was mainly associated with Hampshire but also represented All-England, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and other teams. He played for the Players in the inaugural and second Gentlemen v Players matches in 1806.[1][2]

He was a fast underarm bowler (hand unknown), a left-handed batsman and an occasional wicketkeeper. He was "an excellent field", generally at mid-wicket. As a batsman, Bennett was described as "a fine and free hitter". His bowling speed was reportedly "very fast".[3]

Personal life


John Bennett was a farmer who lived in Kingsley all his life. He was 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and "a stout, strongly built man". He suffered badly from gout for the last thirty years of his life.[3]