Full name Benny Alexander Cameron Howell
Born October 5, 1988, Bordeaux, France
Current age 29 years 50 days
Major teams Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Khulna Titans, Unicorns
Nickname Trowell, Growler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton, May 24-26, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Leicestershire at Southampton, Aug 17, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Gloucestershire at Eastbourne, May 14, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Canada v Hampshire at North Sound, Jan 11, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, Aug 17, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/34, 36, 5||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Bristol||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|0/21, 163, 0/27||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|15, 2/18||Gloucs||v Surrey||The Oval||17 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/23, 34||Gloucs||v Middlesex||Uxbridge||15 Aug 2017||T20|
|20, 1/8||Gloucs||v Essex||Bristol||13 Aug 2017||T20|
|20, 1/18||Gloucs||v Sussex||Hove||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|2/15||Gloucs||v Somerset||Bristol||4 Aug 2017||T20|
|13||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||3 Aug 2017||T20|
|25, 0/18||Gloucs||v Hampshire||Bristol||28 Jul 2017||T20|
|0/36, 27||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Bristol||25 Jul 2017||T20|
Benny Howell is a citizen of the world - born in Bordeaux, educated at the Oratory School in Berkshire, and with Australian and UK passports. In cricketing terms, he is a top-order batsman and imaginative medium-pacer who has gained prominence at Gloucestershire as a T20 specialist.
Howell took 24 wickets in the NatWest Blast in 2016 and becoming the first English professional to sign up for the Bangladesh Premier League that day, in defiance of PCA advice that security could not be guaranteed; others followed his lead as England's tour, highly protected, passed off without incident. Howell said that his interest in baseball had influenced his bowling technique in T20 as he concentrated on shifting pace, increasing his change-ups - his knuckle-ball was particularly effective - and moving the ball in the air. Gloucestershire gave him a new three-year contract at the end of the season.
He had been on Hampshire's books for several years - having come through their academy - before his first team debut in limited-overs cricket in 2010. He travelled with Hampshire to the Caribbean T20 in January 2011 and made his first-class debut against Lancashire later that summer, scoring 71 in the second innings. But that turned out to be his only first-class match for Hampshire as he was released at the end of the 2011 season.
He successfully restarted his career with Gloucestershire and made his 2nd XI debut in April 2012, making a double century at Bristol. His performance earned him an immediate first-team debut at Canterbury, where he made 44 and 10 in a drawn game. He played the entire first-class season in 2013 and contributed nearly 600 runs and took 30 wickets. He posted a gritty maiden Championship hundred against Leicestershire at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015 and his three wickets the same season helped turn a Royal London Cup semi-final against Yorkshire at Headingley - a competition that Gloucestershire went on to win, their first trophy since 2004.
Championship opportunities were rare, however, as he became known as a T20 specialist. When he got a chance near the end of the 2017 season, he responded with a career-best 163 in a largely drab affair against Glamorgan in Cardiff.