Bevan Congdon

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Bevan Congdon
OBE
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Personal information
Full nameBevan Ernest Congdon
Born(1938-02-11)11 February 1938
Motueka, New Zealand
Died10 February 2018(2018-02-10) (aged 79)
Auckland, New Zealand
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium pace
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  103)22 January 1965 v  Pakistan
Last Test24 August 1978 v  England
ODI debut (cap  4)11 February 1973 v  Pakistan
Last ODI17 July 1978 v  England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1960–1971 Central Districts
1971–1972 Wellington
1972–1974 Otago
1974–1978 Canterbury
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches611124140
Runs scored3,44833813,1011,269
Batting average 32.2256.3334.8440.93
100s/50s7/191/223/681/10
Top score176101202*101
Balls bowled5,62043715,6021,895
Wickets 59720441
Bowling average 36.5041.0030.0226.51
5 wickets in innings 1040
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling5/652/176/424/33
Catches/stumpings 44/–0/–201/–12/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 April 2017

Bevan Ernest Congdon OBE (11 February 1938 – 10 February 2018) was a New Zealand cricket all-rounder who played 61 Test matches and 11 One Day Internationals from 1965 to 1978, which included a spell as captain. [1]

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Captaincy

He was captain of the New Zealand Test and ODI team from 1972 to 1974, and was the first New Zealand captain to record a victory over Australia. [2] Congdon was principally a batsman but also became a useful medium-pace bowler midway through his career.

Record breaking

His finest moments in Tests were in England in 1973 when he scored 176 at Trent Bridge and 175 at Lord's in successive Tests, and during the determined foray by the Kiwis to the West Indies in 1972, when he took over the captaincy from Graham Dowling. In the Trent Bridge match, New Zealand chased 479 in the final innings, falling short by only 38 runs. At the time, this was a record for a highest score in the fourth innings to lose a match.

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Lords cricket venue in St Johns Wood, London

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In 1975, Congdon became the first New Zealand batsman to score an ODI century at Basin Reserve, the second one was scored by Kane Williamson, 43 years later, on 6 January 2018 vs. Pakistan.

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Motueka Town in Tasman District, New Zealand

The town of Motueka in the South Island of New Zealand lies close to the mouth of the Motueka River, on the western shore of Tasman Bay. It is, after Richmond, the second largest centre in the Tasman Region, with a population of 7125. The Motueka Ward had an estimated population of 10,900 at 30 June 2009.

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References

  1. "Former New Zealand captain Bevan Congdon dies". ESPN Cricinfo. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. "New Zealand's great day of fulfilment". espncricinfo. 13 March 1974. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Graham Dowling
New Zealand national cricket captain
1971/2–1976/7
Succeeded by
Glenn Turner