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Bevan Congdon
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Personal information
Full name
Bevan Ernest Congdon
Born (1938-02-11)11 February 1938
Motueka, New Zealand
Died 10 February 2018(2018-02-10) (aged 79)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium pace
Role Batsman
International information
National side
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
Years Team
1960–1971 Central Districts
1971–1972 Wellington
1972–1974 Otago
1974–1978 Canterbury
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 61 11 241 40
Runs scored 3,448 338 13,101 1,269
Batting average 32.22 56.33 34.84 40.93
100s/50s 7/19 1/2 23/68 1/10
Top score 176 101 202* 101
Balls bowled 5,620 437 15,602 1,895
Wickets 59 7 204 41
Bowling average 36.50 41.00 30.02 26.51
5 wickets in innings 1 0 4 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/65 2/17 6/42 4/33
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.


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. 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 Test record for a highest score in the fourth innings to lose a match.

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.

The innings at Lord's contributed to New Zealand making 551, their highest score in Tests at the time. Asked afterwards how he prepared for Test cricket in his remote, intemperate South Island hometown, he replied that net pitches in Motueka prepared one for anything.


In the 1975 New Year Honours, Congdon was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.

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