Monty Bowden      

Full name Montague Parker Bowden

Born November 1, 1865, Stockwell, Surrey

Died February 19, 1892, Umtali (now Mutare), Mashonaland, Rhodesia (aged 26 years 110 days)

Major teams England, Surrey, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Dulwich College

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 2 0 25 25 12.50 0 0 5 0 1 0
First-class 86 132 17 2316 189* 20.13 3 7 73 14
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 86 75 35 2 2/7 17.50 2.80 37.5 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Mar 12-13, 1889 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Mar 25-26, 1889 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1883 - 1889/90

Monty Bowden was England's youngest ever Test captain at 23 years 144 days when he took over from C. Aubrey-Smith for the Second Test of England's first ever tour of South Africa in 1888-89. At the time these matches had little importance attached to them - so little in fact that his captaincy was not mentioned in his brief obituary in Wisden. He debuted for Surrey in 1883, and showed great initial promise that was never fully realised. A useful right-handed bat and wicketkeeper, his best season was in 1888, when he averaged over 30, and played for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord's and The Oval, and for the Gentlemen against Australia at Lord's. He had a good tour of South Africa, despite being run out for a duck on his Test debut, and presided over a comfortable win when Johnny Briggs destroyed the South African batting in his Test as captain. He enjoyed South Africa so much that he and Aubrey-Smith stayed on at the end of the tour and set up a stockbroking partnership. He represented Transvaal in South African first-class cricket, and made 63 and 126* in the first Currie Cup challenge match. Shortly afterwards he travelled north to Rhodesia with Cecil Rhodes' Pioneer Column, and settled there. He died in Umtali Hospital - a glorified mud hut where his body had to be protected from marauding lions - prior to being interred - in a coffin made from whisky cases.

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Oct 1, 1888

The first MCC side to tour South Africa under the management of Major Wharton  1888-89. Standing: BAF Grieve, AC Skinner, AJ Fothergill, JM Read, R Abel. Sitting: CA Smith, Major Warton, The Hon. CJ Coventry, JEP McMaster, MP Bowden. Front:  JH Roberts, H Wood. Insets: J. Briggs, G Ulyett, F Hearne.

The first MCC side to tour South Africa 1888-89

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