Former Kent batsman Graham Cowdrey dies aged 56

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Former Kent batsman Graham Cowdrey has died on the age of 56 after a brief sickness.

The son of one among England’s most well-known batsmen and captains Colin Cowdrey, Graham Cowdrey spent 14 years at Kent, making 450 appearances, lots of them alongside his brother and former captain Chris.

Throughout his time at Kent, Cowdrey, a right-handed middle-order batsman, scored over 14,000 runs, together with 21 centuries, along with his high rating 147 in opposition to Gloucestershire within the 1992 County Championship.

Paying tribute, his former county stated they had been “devastated” by the dying of their “much-loved former participant”, describing him as “a high county skilled from a outstanding Kent household, with an infectious love for the sport”.

Cowdrey helped Kent end runners-up within the 1992 County Championship, whereas in 1995, along with his sport suiting the emergence of the one-day format, he averaged 53.90, scoring two centuries, as Kent lifted the AXA Fairness & Regulation League trophy and had been finalists within the Benson and Hedges Cup.

Kent added in an announcement: “Greater than his details and figures, Graham might be remembered for the way in which he performed the sport: his vibrant character on the wicket or within the discipline, along with his sense of enjoyable as clear as his aggressive ardour.”

He retired from cricket in 1998 however continued to work within the sport, together with as a cricket liason officer for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Former team-mate Matthew Fleming stated: “I’m numb with shock and disappointment that the good, beneficiant, humorous and sophisticated buddy who lit up so many cricket grounds, on and off the pitch, has slipped away.

“‘Van’ as he was universally recognized due to his love of all issues Van Morrison, was an instinctive cricketer, a sport changer, who received matches along with his prowess as a batsman and a fielder.

“Nonetheless, it was his deep love of cricket and Kent, his dedication as a team-mate, his integrity and his depraved sense of humour, his loyalty as a buddy and the ‘twinkle in his eye’ that formed virtually all the pieces he did that we are going to additionally bear in mind with the best attainable affection.”

Comic Rory Bremner additionally paid tribute to Cowdrey, saying on Twitter: “So unhappy to lose my finest buddy (and finest man) Graham Cowdrey yesterday. He made me giggle greater than anybody else. So humorous, form and beneficiant. Nice batsman too. Joins dad within the Pavilion all too quickly. Play a Van tune for him immediately.”

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