Full name Peter Duncan Bowler
Born July 30, 1963, Plymouth, Devon
Current age 52 years 37 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset, Tasmania
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Last First-class||Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton, Sep 10-13, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1986|
|Last List A||Somerset v Leicestershire at Bath, Jun 13, 2004 scorecard|
A batsman much maligned because for his slow scoring, Devon-born but Australia raised Peter Bowler finished with over 19000 runs at 40.51 in a career which took in three counties and one state.
A self-effacing and amusing character, Bowler recalled one spectator told watching him bat was "like listening to paint dry" but he had his moments. He had played for Australia Under-19s by the time he returned to England to ply his trade, and although he scored a hundred on his county debut for Leicestershire, he soon moved to Derbyshire where he heralded his arrival with two hundreds in his first four outings. In 1994 he again moved, this time to Somerset where he stayed for the remaining decade of his career.
He passed 1000 runs in a season ten times and, despite his reputation, was also a more than useful one-day player, winning twice in five Lord's final appearances.
"I was the greatest generator of income for clubs, greater than Flintoff, Botham and the rest" he told a meeting of the Cricket Society in 2011. "Whenever I went out to bat, the stands emptied and bars and restaurants were filled to capacity."
Since retiring he was worked as a corporate lawyer and more recently a property developer.
Tasmania First-Class Career Span: 1986-87
Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win
For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook
Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball
If other men were witness to as much incompetence as Angelo Mathews has become used to, dressing rooms might have been set ablaze