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Billy Bowden      

Full name Brent Fraser Bowden

Born April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland

Current age 51 years 261 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 South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Dec 17-20, 2014 scorecard
Test matches 81
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Mar 29, 1995 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Nov 21, 2014 scorecard
ODI matches 191
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

© AFP

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 21, 2014

Umpire Billy Bowden signals a decision reversed, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 2nd day, June 21, 2014

Umpire Billy Bowden signals a decision reversed

© Getty Images

Tour Results
New Zealand v Bangladesh at Hamilton - Feb 15-19, 2010
New Zealand won by 121 runs
New Zealand v Bangladesh at Christchurch - Feb 11, 2010
New Zealand won by 3 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Bangladesh at Dunedin - Feb 8, 2010
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 135 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Bangladesh at Napier - Feb 5, 2010
New Zealand won by 146 runs
New Zealand v Bangladesh at Hamilton - Feb 3, 2010
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 70 balls remaining)
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