Saturday, May 13th, 2017

County To Honour Achievements Of Don Kenyon On Wopa Day

County To Honour Achievements Of Don Kenyon On Wopa Day

Worcestershire are to honour one of their legends in Don Kenyon by renaming Level Two Of The View after their record run-scorer.

Current chairman Stephen Taylor will announce the news tomorrow during Worcestershire Old Players Association (WOPA) Day at New Road during the Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Durham Jets.

An official unveiling ceremony will take place later in the season and will be attended by Don's widow Jean, who earlier this year celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at New Road.

Don Kenyon's achievements had previously been recognised via the Kenyon Room which is now housing the Foley's coffee house and eatery

But Chief Executive Tom Scott had pledged at the time that Kenyon's name would be honoured in another appropriate venue at the County's headquarters.

He said: "Anyone who is a supporter of Worcestershire cricket will know and recognise the importance of Don Kenyon as part of the club's history.

"Don is still the County's record run-scorer but was also a superb captain who had massive respect from all his team-mates and led Worcestershire to successive County Championship titles in 1964 and 1965.

"I personally was also determined that another part of New Road would recognise Don's achievements after Foley's was opened and Level Two of The View fits that criteria perfectly."

Club Chairman Stephen Taylor said: "I can only echo the thoughts of many in saying what a magnificent contribution Don Kenyon made to Worcestershire crickeet.

"To score more than 37,000 first class runs is an incredible record but you speak to former players and can also gauge that they would run through brick walls for him as a captain. He was that sort of person.

"He was also highly regarded throughout the game and became an England selector for several years.

"I am proud and delighted that Level Two of The View will now recognise all that Don Kenyon has done for this County."

Jean Kenyon still takes an active interest in events at New Road and regularly attends the monthly meetings of the Worcestershire Cricket Society in the Graeme Hick Pavilion with daughter Sue Jackson.