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RIP Martin Bentley

The Kenyan Cricket fraternity is in mourning following the death of Rift Valley Cricket Association Chairman Martin Bentley, who died suddenly over the weekend.

Bentley has been an instrumental figure in the development of the sport, especially in the Rift Valley where he has helped spread the game in the region. Tributes have come from far and wide, with many saying Bentley will be sorely missed.

"We at Cricket Kenya appreciate his dedication in building and perfecting the game of cricket. It is difficult to measure the impact he had on cricket, and the many young achievers he has touched both personally and professionally. The void left by him is not going to be easy to fill at all."

"Martin Bentley was the Chairman of the Rift Valley Cricket Association. He sat with me on the board of Cricket Kenya for a good seven years. After years of infighting and divisions, it was under his tenure that it became one united body. He should be given great credit for that. It was not an easy job, but he managed to heal the rifts in the Rift Valley, which allowed Cricket Kenya to have a third province. He was a great leader and ensured that the new body flourished as a united body.

"His greatest strength was the skill in which he could think as a cricketer and as an administrator. He was a very good sportsman, a great footballer and an equally good cricketer. His beloved football club, Stoke City, will probably have its flag at half mast as he was one of their biggest supporters.

"We will miss him terribly. It’s a very sad and premature loss to the game. My worries are how Rift Valley will cope with his loss. He was really regarded as being an institution there."

"Martin Bentley did wonders in spreading the game of cricket in the Rift Valley, and his loss is a huge blow. He will be missed greatly by all involved in that province.

"There is not enough space in this page to give all the words of praise that the Kenya cricket fraternity have sent out for the late Bentley; however one thing is for certain- he will be missed greatly. Whoever now comes in to take his place will have huge shoes to fill."

Martin Bentley, Kenya Cricket owes you a great debt of gratitude. You will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.

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