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Billy Bowden      

Full name Brent Fraser Bowden

Born April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland

Current age 51 years 163 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 Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle, Jul 16-20, 2014 scorecard
Test matches 79
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Mar 29, 1995 scorecard
Last ODI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 6, 2014 scorecard
ODI matches 189
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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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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Jun 24, 2014

Angelo Mathews had to be told to calm down by the umpires, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day, June 24, 2014

Angelo Mathews had to be told to calm down by the umpires

© PA Photos

Jun 20, 2014

Billy Bowden tries to shoo away some guests, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 1st day, June 20, 2014

Billy Bowden tries to shoo away some guests

© PA Photos

Tour Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Sep 8-12, 2005
Match drawn
Essex v Australians at Chelmsford - Sep 3-4, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Nottingham - Aug 25-28, 2005
England won by 3 wickets
Northants v Australians at Northampton - Aug 20-21, 2005
Match drawn
Scotland v Australians at Edinburgh - Aug 18, 2005
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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