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Full name Peter Duncan Bowler
Born July 30, 1963, Plymouth, Devon
Current age 51 years 240 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
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.