Full Name

Peter Duncan Bowler


July 30, 1963, Plymouth, Devon


60y 324d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Fielding Position


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.
Martin Williamson

Peter Bowler Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A322314219362138*31.957721192


List A322653531133/313/3140.844.8750.2000

Recent Matches of Peter Bowler

Somerset vs Yorkshire75*--10-Sep-2004TauntonFC
Somerset vs Notts2 & 1*--03-Sep-2004NottinghamFC
Somerset vs Hampshire22* & 25--18-Aug-2004TauntonFC
Somerset vs Durham300/213-Aug-2004Chester-le-StreetFC
Somerset vs Glamorgan86 & 55--03-Aug-2004TauntonFC

Debut/Last Matches of Peter Bowler

Photos of Peter Bowler

Peter Bowler: intends to retire at the end of the season
Airborne opener Peter Bowler cuts a Silverwood delivery
Somerset openers Trescothick, left, and Bowler got their team off to a flying start
A fine half century for Peter Bowler at Lord's
Peter Bowler batting in the 2001 C and G final
Peter Bowler turns a deFreitas delivery to the leg side for a single