Michael Denness made over 25,000 runs in his career, and captained England in 19 out of his 28 Test matches, hitting four Test centuries. Denness learned to play cricket in Ayr as his house was on the boundary of a cricket pitch. He won the first of 10 Scottish caps in 1959 before joining Kent in 1962. Denness went on to captain the side, winning several trophies, and then joined Essex in 1977 where he enjoyed similar success. Denness played his first game for England against New Zealand at the Oval during the Third Test in 1969.