Billy Bowden      

Full name Brent Fraser Bowden

Born April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland

Current age 52 years 113 days

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Brent Fraser Bowden
Umpiring statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Mar 11-15, 2000 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Bridgetown, May 1-3, 2015 scorecard
Test matches 84
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Mar 29, 1995 scorecard
Last ODI Afghanistan v England at Sydney, Mar 13, 2015 scorecard
ODI matches 195
ODI statistics
T20I debut New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 scorecard
Last T20I United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard
T20I matches 21
T20I statistics
Profile

Some eccentrics are born. Others thrust eccentricity upon themselves. Step forward, Brent "Billy" Bowden, the New Zealand umpiring sensation who shot to fame with a zany array of embellished signals and a preposterous eye for showmanship. Bowden turned to umpiring after the onset of arthritis in his early-twenties, and earned a reputation for giving batsmen out with a curiously bent finger. Suitably encouraged, he threw out the rule-book which states that the best cricket officials are the ones that go unnoticed, and added a whole host of whacky twists to his daily routine. The most celebrated of these is his hop-on-one-leg-and-reach-for-Jesus signal for six, and he seems pre-programmed to pose throughout a match, even when ducking for his life as a pull-shot rockets through square-leg. For all the embellishments, his decision-making skills are almost without equal among the ICC's elite panel, although in 2007 he was suspended from standing at that year's inaugural Twenty20 World Championships, following his role in the farcical conclusion of the World Cup final in Barbados.
Andrew Miller June 2007

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Apr 15, 2015

Billy Bowden raises a finger to confirm Denesh Ramdin's fate, West Indies v England, 1st Test, North Sound, 3rd day, April 15, 2015

Billy Bowden raises a finger to confirm Denesh Ramdin's fate

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Jan 17, 2015

Taxi! Billy Bowden and Nigel Llong call for the covers, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Auckland, January 17, 2015

Taxi! Billy Bowden and Nigel Llong call for the covers

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Jul 19, 2014

Billy Bowden relays the third-umpire's decision after Alviro Petersen asked for a review, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, July 19, 2014

Billy Bowden relays the third-umpire's decision after Alviro Petersen asked for a review

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Tour Results
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Jan 24-27, 2010
India won by 10 wickets
Bangladesh v India at Chittagong - Jan 17-21, 2010
India won by 113 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Jan 13, 2010
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Jan 11, 2010
India won by 6 wickets (with 42 balls remaining)
India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Jan 10, 2010
India won by 8 wickets (with 104 balls remaining)
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