Dennis Marriott (1939-2014)

Published: 8th December, 2014

Dennis Marriott, a popular left arm seam bowler who played for Surrey from 1965 to 1967 has died at the age of 75.

Marriott, who was born in Jamaica, played for Surrey between 1965 and 1967, taking 43 wickets at 28.93 in 19 first-class matches.

He left Surrey after the 1967 season but signed for Middlesex five years later where he saw particular success in One Day Cricket.

He joined Middlesex for the 1972 season and enjoyed his most successful season in 1973, particularly in the John Player League. Marriott took four five wicket hauls in the John Player League that summer including five for 13 against Gloucestershire at Lydney.

He also took a career-best five for 71 in a drawn County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1973, his only five wicket haul in 30 first-class appearances.

Marriott’s promise was recognised with the award of his county cap in 1973 but his form fell away the following summer, his last with Middlesex.

Away from the county game, Marriott was an immensely popular club cricketer and a prolific wicket taker for Mitcham in the Surrey Championship. He also returned to The Oval in 1976, representing the National Cricket Association against the great touring West Indian side.

In later life he suffered from diabetes and sadly had to have a foot amputated. He was confined to a wheelchair but, with financial assistance from the PCA Benevolent Fund, a shower and wet room was built on the ground floor of his house. He was also a keen member of SOPA (Surrey Old Players Association), regularly attending meetings and get togethers.

Surrey CCC Chairman Richard Thompson said: “Dennis was a fantastic cricketer and big character for Surrey, Middlesex and Mitcham. His passing is a sad day for the club and – on behalf of my fellow Surrey CCC Members and club cricketers – I would like to send all our thoughts and best wishes to his family and friends.”

Picture – The Surrey CCC Team Photo in 1967, Dennis Marriott’s final season with the Club.

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