Former Kent Batsman Graham Cowdrey Dies Aged 56


Former Kent Batsman Graham Cowdrey Dies Aged 56

Graham Cowdrey’s 450 appearances for Kent saw him score more than 14,000 runs.© Twitter




Former Kent cricketer Graham Cowdrey has died at the age of 56 after a short illness. A right-handed middle-order batsman, Graham represented Young England before making his county debut in 1984, and he was a regular member of the Kent side for more than a decade. His fourteen years of service at Kent saw him represent the county 450 times across all forms of the game at the time, scoring over 14,000 runs as a batsman highly suited to the emergence of the modern one-day game.

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He was awarded Kent County Cap number 169 in the Summer of 1988, after establishing himself in Kent’s middle-order.

Graham’s close friend and former Club teammate Matthew Fleming in an official statement said: “I am numb with shock and sadness that the brilliant, generous, funny and complex friend who lit up so many cricket grounds, on and off the pitch, has slipped away.”

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“Van, as he was universally known because of his love of all things Van Morrison, was an instinctive cricketer, a game-changer, who won matches with his prowess as a batsman and a fielder,” Fleming added.

Graham also held the Kent record for any first-class batting partnership for 22 years, after his fourth-wicket stand of 368 with Aravinda de Silva against Derbyshire in 1995, until it was broken by Sean Dickson and Joe Denly in 2017. It remains Kent’s highest fourth-wicket partnership in the Club’s history.

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