Joey Benjamin: Former England, Warwickshire and Surrey bowler dies at the age of 60

Joey Benjamin
Joey Benjamin finished his first-class career with a bowling average of 29.94

Former England, Warwickshire and Surrey bowler Joey Benjamin has died at the age of 60 after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Benjamin was born in St Kitts but made his name in English cricket and went on to take 387 first-class wickets in an 11-year career.

His only Test came at the Oval against South Africa in 1994 when he took 4-42 in the first innings.

It was remembered for Devon Malcolm's match-winning nine-wicket haul.

He also played two one-day internationals for England.

Benjamin signed for Warwickshire in 1988 after a spell in the minor counties before seven years with Surrey between 1992 and 1999.

"He hustled batsmen and nicked them off with his outswinger. He was a fine bowler and even though he didn't start until pretty late he was unlucky not to play more Test cricket," his former team-mate Martin Bicknell told Surrey's website.

"It's come as a massive and terrible shock to all of us that he's been lost to us, he seemed so incredibly fit."

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