|Full name||Bevan Ernest Congdon|
|Born||11 February 1938|
Motueka, New Zealand
|Died||10 February 2018 79) (aged|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Bowling||Right-arm medium pace|
|Test debut (cap 103)||22 January 1965 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||24 August 1978 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 4)||11 February 1973 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||17 July 1978 v England|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 21 April 2017
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