Cricket coach dies at Kenyan home

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A former Chesterfield man who played cricket for Derbyshire U19s and went on to coach Cricket Kenya’s youth side, has died aged 56.

Martin Bentley, who was awarded an MBE in 2006 for his services to education and sport, died suddenly at his home in Nakuru, Kenya, last month.

Mr Bentley moved to New Whittington, Chesterfield, from Stoke in 1970, and attended Chesterfield Grammar School, where he excelled in sport.

He studied teaching in Plymouth, before moving to Kenya in 2002, where he took up the post of headmaster at Greendsteds school.

His brother, Colin Bentley, of Chesterfield, said: “He did so much for so many people. Martin was the sort of guy who would give a speech and everybody would take note. He could talk to anyone, from the President of Kenya, to the workers at the school and the kitchen maids.”

A member of the Executive Committee of Cricket Kenya, Mr Bentley leaves his partner Diana and daughter Lisa, 3, in Kenya.

The deputy headmaster of Greensted school, Chris Starling, said: “There has been an enormous amount of tributes that have come in and I guess seeing it all has made me realise how much he did for others and for our community.”