|Full name||Benny Alexander Cameron Howell|
5 October 1988 |
Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Domestic team information|
|2009–2011||Hampshire (squad no. 37)|
|2012–present||Gloucestershire (squad no. 13)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 7 July 2017
Benny Alexander Cameron Howell (born 5 October 1988) is an English cricketer. Howell is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. He was born at Bordeaux, France, and was educated at Oratory School in Berkshire.
After spending several seasons in the Hampshire Second XI, Howell made his first team debut for Hampshire against Leicestershire in a List A match in the Clydesdale Bank 40 in August 2010. His second List A match came in the return fixture held at Grace Road, Leicester. Hampshire won the 2010 Friends Provident t20, though Howell played no part in the competition. This would normally have qualified Hampshire and runners-up Somerset a place in the 2010 Champions League Twenty20. However, the tournament clashed with the end of the English domestic season, making Hampshire unable to take part. Instead, Hampshire were granted a place alongside Somerset in the 2011 Caribbean Twenty20. It was in this tournament that Howell made his Twenty20 debut in during Hampshire's group match against Canada. He played all of Hampshire's fixtures in the tournament, including the final against Trinidad and Tobago, which Hampshire lost.
The 2011 English domestic season saw Howell become a regular feature in Hampshire ccc limited-overs squads, mostly in List A cricket, though he also appeared in just under half of Hampshire's group matches in the 2011 Friends Provident t20. He got off to a quiet start in Hampshire's first match of the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 against Surrey, but in their following fixture in the competition he struck his maiden half century, scoring 66 runs. Two games later, he scored his maiden century against Surrey at The Oval, making a quickfire 122 from 113 balls. Howell ended the one day season as Hampshire's top run scorer Immediately following this match he made his first-class debut against Lancashire in the County Championship at the Rose Bowl. Howell continued his good form from the previous limited overs fixture by scoring 71 in Hampshire CCC second-innings, after being forced to follow-on from their first-innings, in which Howell was dismissed for a three-ball duck by Kyle Hogg. This was his only first-class appearance that season. Hampshire's season was one characterised by struggle, following his good run of form, Howell's season levelled out. He made just one further half century in the Clydesdale Bank 40, against Northamptonshire, while his handful of Twenty20 appearances bought him limited success.
Following the 2011 season, Howell announced in November that he was looking for opportunities away from Hampshire, expressing an interest in finding a county where he was assured of regular appearances in four-day cricket. During the English winter he played cricket in Melbourne, Australia, close to where his parents live, for Essendon Cricket Club in the Victorian Premier League. He Chose to leave Hampshire in January 2012. . .
At the start of the 2012 season he joined Gloucestershire, and was called up to make his debut in a first-class match against Kent in the County Championship after making a double hundred for the 2's 2 days prior to his call up. He has made a strong start in Gloucestershire's CB40 campaign with scores of 72(51) against The Netherlands and 45*(48) against Middlesex and 89(93) against Northants. In July 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Gloucestershire for his impressive performances during the trial period at the club.
Howell signed a 2-year extension to his contract on 15 October 2013 having played in all Gloucestershire's County Championship matches and the majority of their limited over games.
Howell has continued to be one of the main players and Gloucestershire with his pivotal role as the club's main allrounder. Howell got married in early July 2015 and has been is sublime form for Gloucestershire since tying the knot. He was the first player ever for Gloucestershire to have a double wicket maiden in a t20 match. He managed this feat against his former club Hampshire CCC in which he also scored the winning runs and was man of the match. Hampshire have tried to re sign Howell but and the end of the July he extended his contract with Gloucestershire for another 2 years. Howell also made his maiden first-class hundred against Leicestershire at Cheltenham after tying the knot.
On 6 September 2015 Howell helped his side Beat Yorkshire Vikings in the semi-final of the Royal London One Day Cup with a strong bowling performance. (3-37) . Gloucestershire won the Royal One Day Cup Final beating a strong surrey side by 7 runs. This was one of the closest finals in the competitions history
In 2016 Benny Howell was the leading wicket taker in the Natwest T20 Blast. He was rewarded by signing a new 3-year contract with Gloucestershire . His consistent performances in T20 has attracted the eyes of some big T20 competitions. Most recently Benny was selected before the draft to play for the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh premier League(BPL4).
Career best performances
August 1, 2015
|FC||102||Gloucestershire v Leicestershire County Cricket Club||Cheltenham||2015||5-57||Gloucestershire v Leicestershire County Cricket Club||Leicester||2013|
|LA||122||Hampshire Royals v Surrey Lions||Croydon||2011||3–367||Yorkshire Vikings v Gloucestershire Gladiators||Headingly||2015|
|T20||57||Gloucestershire Gladiators v Somerset||Taunton||2013||4–26||Gloucestershire Gladiators v Middlesex||Lords||2014|
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- "Surrey v Hampshire, 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 November 2011. (Subscription required (. ))
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- "McKenzie agrees Rose Bowl return". England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). www.ecb.co.uk. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "Newcomer Howell To Face Kent". Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. www.gloscricket.co.uk. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "Gloucestershire sign Benny Howell on permanent deal". Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "Gloucestershire all-rounder earns new deal". Retrieved 31 December 2013.