Don Kenyon His Own Man by Tim Jones
Don Kenyon was a ’leader of champions and a champion of leaders’ for good reason; he was his own man and did things his own way.
Known as ‘Braddy’ at school - like Don Bradman - he would bat for long periods without getting out. He still holds the record as the youngest player to score a century in the Birmingham League first division aged just 14.
For 19 seasons he scored over 1,000 runs and captained Worcestershire’s first championship winning side in 1964, (retaining the title in its centenary year of 1965). He remains the record holder with 589 appearances and 34,490 runs for the County.
Elected to the Test selection panel while still a player, he fearlessly supported the inclusion of Basil D’Oliveira for the Tour to South Africa in 1968/69, the outcome of which ultimately led to their sporting exclusion.
It was in the ‘Kenyon Room’ at Worcester – named after him – where he died in 1996 just as he was about to show a video of Worcestershire’s World Tour from 1965. He died as he lived his life, surrounded by cricketing friends and family.
‘His Own Man’ details the life of a devoted family man who did everything within his capabilities to provide for them. It was this devotion which drove him to be the best in his chosen profession.
‘His Own Man’ asks the question why one of the outstanding batsman of his generation did not play more Test cricket? Both team mates and opponents provide opinion. What made Don such an outstanding captain and leader of men? Former players give an insight into what ‘made him tick.’
‘His Own Man’ celebrates the back-to-back triumphs in the County Championship, looks in detail at the joyous World Tour of 1965 (supported by rare archive material) plus the disappointment of agonisingly missing out on a third consecutive Championship title in 1966.
His Own Man’ covers Don’s three year term as Worcestershire President which coincided with the return of the glory years in the late 1980’s when the likes of Ian Botham and Graeme Hick were in their pomp.
Tim Jones book Don Kenyon His Own Man is available for purchase now.