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Sudden death of a sporting great

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Members of The Mote Cricket Club, Maidstone, are mourning the loss of the third cricketer this month with the sudden death of Ben Dance (39). After a time away from the game he had hoped to return to The Mote this summer.

He was a talented sportsman and is looked upon as one of Cranbrook School’s great players. In his final cricket season there he took more than 40 wickets. He captained the school’s midweek hockey team and also played rugby.

At The Mote he was regarded as an excellent opening bowler and took 72 wickets in his six seasons with a best return of 6-35 in the Kent League.

Messages of condolence can be phoned (01580 713636) to J. Perigoe & Sons, Cranbrook funeral directors, or posted. Donations will go to the MIND charity.

He is photographed in front of The Mote team celebrating their Kent League promotion in 2007.

Earlier this month Daily Downs Mail reported on the deaths, both from cancer, of outstanding young athlete and cricketer Darren Cook (43) and of The Mote CC honorary secretary for more than 30 years, Malcolm Bassett (69).