It is with great sadness that today Warwickshire County Cricket Club has learned of the passing of former fast bowler Joey Benjamin.

Benjamin enjoyed four seasons with the Bears where he made 25 First Class and 26 List A appearances, taking a combined 87 wickets across both formats.

The St Kitts-born paceman joined Warwickshire in 1988 after initially enjoying a career with Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Championship. He faced the Bears in the NatWest Trophy 1st round fixture, in Burton-on-Trent in 1987, and he went on to make his First Class debut for the Club in the following season.

Benjamin moved to Surrey in 1992, and had eight seasons at The Oval, and won his one England Test cap in the famous victory over South Africa in 1994.

His impressive performance subsequently earned him a place on England’s winter Ashes tour, where he would play two One-Day Internationals, facing Australia and Zimbabwe in the World Series Cup.

He retired from the game at the end of the 1999 season having taken 387 First Class wickets in 126 games and 173 wickets in 168 List A appearances.

The thoughts of everyone at Warwickshire CCC are with Joey’s family and close friends at this difficult time.