Graham Cowdrey

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Graham Cowdrey
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Personal information
Full nameGraham Robert Cowdrey
Born (1964-06-27) 27 June 1964 (age 54)
Farnborough, Kent
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsColin Cowdrey (father)
Chris Cowdrey (brother)
Fabian Cowdrey (nephew)
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 179 261
Runs scored 8,858 5,142
Batting average 34.73 26.10
100s/50s 17/46 3/24
Top score 147 105*
Balls bowled 1,206 1,279
Wickets 12 35
Bowling average 72.66 26.28
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/5 4/15
Catches/stumpings 97/– 80/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 June 2016

Graham Robert Cowdrey (born 27 June 1964) is a former English cricketer. He is the third son of the cricketer Colin Cowdrey and his first wife Penny Chiesman. He was born in Farnborough in 1964 and educated at Wellesley House and Tonbridge School. After one year as a student at Hatfield College, Durham, Cowdrey chose to embark on a professional career.[1] He played for Kent County Cricket Club as an attacking batsman in first-class and List A cricket from 1984 to 1998.[2]

A supporter of Christians in Sport, he toured India twice with them on fundraising journeys. Cowdrey is well known for his love of Russian and French literature. His favourite authors are Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Sholokhov and Emile Zola.[citation needed]

He has two sons, Michael and Alexander,and a daughter, Grace. His nickname of "Van" came from Van Morrison, his favourite musician.[3]It is reported that he has seen Morrison in concert over 250 times worldwide. His favourite song being ‘And the healing has begun’.

Cowdrey works as a Cricket Liaison Officer for the England and Wales Cricket Board.[4]


  1. ^ "CV". Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Graham Cowdrey". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ The Cricketers' Who's Who
  4. ^ Johnson, Rob. "Steve Davis takes on Cricket Liaison Officer role". ECB. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.

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