Dennis Amiss

Dennis Amiss played cricket for both Warwickshire County Cricket Club and England, and scored 103 centuries in first class cricket. After retiring as a player in 1987, he served as Chief Executive at Edgbaston for twelve years and has been Deputy Chairman of the England & Wales Cricket Board since 2007.
How did you start playing bridge?
My wife and I were taught by friends about 40 years ago, on a sailing trip around France. Learning bridge was one of the best parts of a wonderful holiday.
How often do you play?
We play twice a week either at the golf club or with friends as a social activity.
What does bridge mean to you?
It’s a way of relaxing, keeping in touch with friends and exercising the little grey cells, all rolled up in one.
If you could change one thing about bridge, what would it be?
I would like to be a better player! But I am working at it, by taking lessons from a bridge teacher with a group of friends.
What are your hobbies apart from bridge?
I am still involved with cricket as an administrator, which takes up a fair amount of time. But I also love gardening, golf and looking after our two grand children, who are now aged 7 and 9.
Name up to four people you would invite to your dream dinner party.
Omar Sharif because everyone has heard that he is a very good bridge player; Julia Roberts so I can look at a beautiful woman; Ernie Els in order to dine with a top golfer; and of course my wife, or she won’t play bridge with me any more!