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Billy Bowden      

Full name Brent Fraser Bowden

Born April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland

Current age 51 years 8 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 Australia v England at Perth, Dec 13-17, 2013 scorecard
Test matches 76
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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Jun 13, 2013

Alastair Cook was not impressed when the ball was changed, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013

Alastair Cook was not impressed when the ball was changed

© Getty Images

Dec 30, 2012

Umpires Billy Bowden and S Ravi inspect the conditions, India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai, December 30, 2012

Umpires Billy Bowden and S Ravi inspect the conditions

© BCCI

May 23, 2012

Shadab Jakati celebrates Sachin Tendulkar's run out, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Eliminator, IPL 2012, Bangalore, May 23, 2012

Shadab Jakati celebrates Sachin Tendulkar's run out

© AFP

Tour Results
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Mar 22-26, 2013
Match drawn
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Mar 14-18, 2013
Match drawn
New Zealand v England at Dunedin - Mar 6-10, 2013
Match drawn
NZ XI v England XI at Queenstown - Feb 27-Mar 2, 2013
NZ XI won by 3 wickets
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 23, 2013
England won by 5 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
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