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Fact file of late Lord Colin Cowdrey

Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: The following is the fact file on the late Lord Cowdrey who died on Tuesday: 1932: Born Putumala, India on December 24 and given the initials MCC - Michael Colin Cowdrey.1946: Youngest player to represent his school at Lord's when he appeared for Tonbridge at the age of 13.1950: Made first appearance for Kent, the start of a 26-year association with the club.1951: Accepted by Oxford University where he is awarded his blue.1954: Appointed captain of Kent County Cricket Club. Chosen for the Australian tour squad and selected for his debut in the opening Test, scoring 40 in his first innings. Made maiden century in the third Test.1957: 411-run partnership with Peter May to save Test against West Indies.1959: Captained England for the first time.1962: Highest first-class score, 307 for the MCC against South Australia.1963: Strode to the wicket with a broken wrist to avoid defeat to the West Indies at Lord's.1965: His best season for Kent with 2,039 runs at 63.42.1967: Won Gillette Cup with Kent.1968: Captained England for what remains their last series victory in the West Indies.1970: Led Kent to their first County Championship since 1913.1971: Played last home match against Pakistan, and retired from Kent captaincy.1972: Awarded the CBE.1975: Final Test, his 114th, for England at the age of 42 after being called as an emergency replacement for a tour of Australia. Finishes with what was then a record 7,624 Test runs at an average of 44.06, with 22 hundreds, and 120 catches.1976: Retired from first-class cricket with 42,719 runs at 42.89 including 107 centuries.1986: President of the MCC in its bicentennial year, later chairman of ICC.1992: Awarded knighthood for services to cricket.1996: Appointed Chairman of a Sports Ambassadors Committee to look at ways of organising more visits by top sportsmen and women to schools throughout Britain.1997: Appointed to the House of Lords as Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, becoming the second former England captain to achieve the feat behind the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev David Sheppard.2000: Suffered a stroke in July and died in his sleep just over four months later, aged 67.Copyright @2000 AFP. All rights reserved

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