Fabian Cowdrey

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Fabian Cowdrey
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Personal information
Full name Fabian Kruuse Cowdrey
Born (1993-01-30) 30 January 1993 (age 24)
Canterbury, Kent
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011–2016 Kent (squad no. 30)
2013–2014 Cardiff MCCU
FC debut 5 April 2013 Cardiff MCCU v Glamorgan
LA debut 11 August 2013 Kent v Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 12 25 35
Runs scored 372 555 577
Batting average 18.60 27.75 19.89
100s/50s 0/2 0/4 0/3
Top score 62 75 71
Balls bowled 172 648 449
Wickets 3 14 20
Bowling average 43.00 41.07 30.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/59 3/32 3/18
Catches/stumpings 5/– 11/– 12/–
Source: CricInfo, 11 July 2016

Fabian Kruuse Cowdrey (born 30 January 1993) is former English professional cricketer who played for Kent County Cricket Club. He made history by becoming the first third generation player to play for the county, following his father, Chris Cowdrey, and grandfather Colin Cowdrey.[1] Cowdrey was often employed as an all-rounder, batting right-handed and bowling slow left arm orthodox deliveries.

Cricket career[edit]

Cowdrey was awarded a first-team contract in October 2011 before making his First XI debut for Kent in May 2012 against Oxford MCCU.[1][2][3] He made his first-class cricket debut playing for Cardiff MCC University against Glamorgan in April 2013 before making his competitive debut for Kent later the same summer in the 2013 Friends Life t20.[4][5][6] He appeared for the county in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 later in the season before making his first-class debut for Kent in June 2014.[5][7][8]

After playing Grade cricket for Sunshine Coast Scorchers in Queensland over the 2013–14 English off-season,[9][10] Cowdrey captained Western Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket during the 2015–16 season.[11][12]

Cowdrey's 2016 season was cut short in July when he had an emergency appendectomy. On the eve of the 2017 season he left Kent by mutual consent[13] with Cowdrey later saying that his "love for the game is gone, my heart's not in it".[14] In April 2017 Cowdrey made his first appearance on BBC Radio Kent as a cricket commentator, covering Kent's match against Derbyshire at Canterbury.[15]


Cowdrey's father is former Kent and England captain Chris Cowdrey. His grandfather, Lord Colin Cowdrey also captained both sides and played 114 Test matches for England, the first man to make 100 Test appearances.[12][16] He was honoured for his services to cricket, the first English cricketer to be enobled in this way.[12] His uncle, Graham Cowdrey, also played for Kent[4][17] and his great-grandfather, Ernest Cowdrey made one first-class cricket appearance in the 1920s.

Cowdrey has a twin brother, Julius, who is a professional musician and reality TV character, joining Made in Chelsea in 2016.[4][17] Both brothers attended Tonbridge School, as did their father, uncle and grandfather, Fabian exceeding his grandfather's total of runs scored for the school[2][17] and beating his record of most runs scored in a year.[4][14] Cowdrey wrote the lyrics for his brother's debut single during 2016 and, following his release from Kent, aimed to support his brother and to continue as a lyricist.[14]


  1. ^ a b Fabian Cowdrey follows father and grandfather into Kent side, BBC Sport, 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  2. ^ a b Edwards R (2012) Fabian Cowdrey: 'If I do Cowdrey name justice, I'll be happy', The Independent, 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  3. ^ Fabian Cowdrey makes his Kent first team debut, Kent County Cricket Club, 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  4. ^ a b c d Mavor A (2013) The next Cowdrey off the rank CricInfo, 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  5. ^ a b First-class matches played by Fabian Cowdrey, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  6. ^ Twenty20 matches played by Fabian Cowdrey, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  7. ^ Gidley A (2013) Kent Cricket all-rounder Fabian Cowdrey delighted to mark Yorkshire Bank40 debut with fifty against Worcestershire, Kent Online, 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  8. ^ Rees M (2014) Kent Cricket batsman Fabian Cowdrey feels he 'failed to capitalise' on opportunity after being handed County Championship debut at Glamorgan, Kent Online, 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  9. ^ Hoad A (2013a) Kent Cricket youngster Fabian Cowdrey targets place in LV= County Championship Division 2 side in 2014 after one-day debut this summer, Kent Online, 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  10. ^ Hoad A (2103b) Record-breaking Fabian Cowdrey eyes place in Kent first-team after spending winter in Australia playing for Sunshine Coast Scorchers, Kent Online, 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  11. ^ Lane D (2015) Fabian Cowdrey, a member of cricket's aristocracy joins Western Suburbs Magpies, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  12. ^ a b c Horne B (2016) Michael Clarke trains with grandson of former England captain Colin Cowdrey ahead of grade cricket comeback, The Daily Telegraph, 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  13. ^ All-rounder Fabian Cowdrey brings his time at Kent to a close, Kent Online, 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  14. ^ a b c Wilson J (2017) Pop goes the cricketer, CricInfo, 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  15. ^ Test Match Special [bbctms] Delighted former @kentcricket player @fkcowdrey will be joining the @BBCSport commentary team for the Kent v @DerbyshireCCC match tomorrow (Tweet), via Twitter, 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  16. ^ Wilson A (2014) Kent’s Fabian Cowdrey reveals all-round pedigree to down Gloucestershire, The Guardian, 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  17. ^ a b c Edwards R (2015) Cowdrey brothers’ double act is big hit, The Independent, 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2016-05-23.

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