|Full name||Montague Parker Bowden|
1 November 1865|
Stockwell, Surrey, England
19 February 1892 (aged 26)|
Umtali, Mashonaland, Rhodesia
|Test debut (cap 61)||12 March 1889 v South Africa|
|Last Test||26 March 1889 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
|1883 – 1888||Surrey|
|1889 – 1890||Transvaal|
Source: CricketArchive, 23 September 2008
Montague Parker Bowden (better known as Monty Bowden) (1 November 1865 – 19 February 1892) was an English first-class cricketer, a wicket-keeper, who played two Test matches against South Africa in 1888/89.
Bowden was born in Stockwell, Surrey, and educated at Dulwich College. Aged 23 years 144 days, he became England's youngest captain on 25 March 1889, when he captained England to victory in the second of his two Tests. Bowden had been deputy to C. Aubrey Smith, but Smith missed the second test through illness.
Bowden stayed in South Africa to participate in the Witwatersrand Gold Rush, went to Rhodesia with the Pioneer Column, and ended up smuggling liquor. In 1892, he died in Umtali Hospital, Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). Officially he died of epilepsy, although a fall from his cart, leading him to be trampled under the hooves of his own oxen contributed to his death. Umtali Hospital was nothing more than a glorified mud hut, where his body had to be protected from marauding lions, prior to being interred in a coffin made from whiskey cases.
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