Tony Brown (cricketer)
|Full name||Anthony Stephen Brown|
24 June 1936 |
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricket Archive, 10 September 2014|
Anthony Stephen Brown, born at Bristol on 24 June 1936, is an English former cricketer and administrator.
A middle to lower order right-handed batsman and a medium-fast right-arm bowler, Tony Brown was a successful county cricketer with Gloucestershire for 20 years and was county captain between 1969 and 1976.
Initially used primarily as an opening bowler for a county that had traditionally relied heavily on spin bowling, Brown took more than 100 wickets in both the 1959 and 1962 seasons and formed an effective new-ball partnership with the England Test player David Smith, used before the Test spin trio of David Allen, John Mortimore and Sam Cook were brought into action. Later in his career, his batting developed significantly, and he passed 1,000 runs in the 1964 season. He was also an excellent close fielder, and in 1966, playing for Gloucestershire against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, he held seven catches in an innings, equalling the world record for a fielder set in 1957 by Micky Stewart. In his first-class cricket career, he scored more than 12,000 runs and took more than 1,200 wickets, holding 493 catches.
As an administrator, he succeeded G.W.Parker as Secretary of Gloucestershire on his retirement from first class cricket in 1976. In 1981 he became Secretary of Somerset. In 1984 he was appointed Manager of the England Team that toured India and Australia in 1984/85 when the Test Series v India was won 2-1,by the team captained by David Gower and the ODI Series by 4-1;India were World ODI Cup Champions at that time. He was also Manager of the England Tour which toured West Indies in 1986. In 1988 he succeeded Brian Langley as Administration Secretary of the then TCCB (Test and County Cricket Board), now ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) until his retirement in 1997. He was Chairman of Cricket at Gloucestershire CCC from 1999 until 2007 and President of Gloucestershire CCC from 2008 to 2011, when he was succeeded by his former team-mate, David Allen.