The English cricketer was Graham Robert Cowdrey. He was the third son of Colin Cowdrey, a cricketer, and Penny Chiesman, his first wife. He was born on 27 June 1964 in Farnborough, Kent.
Cowdrey decided to embark on a professional career after one year as a student at Hatfield College, Durham. As an attacking batsman in first-class and List A cricket from 1984 to 1998, he played for Kent County Cricket Club.
He was 56 years old.
Cowdrey worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board as a cricket liaison officer.
A supporter of Christians in Sport, he toured India on fundraising trips twice with them. Cowdrey’s appreciation of Russian and French literature was well known. Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Sholokhov, and Emile Zola were his favorite authors.
Cowdrey, a right-handed middle-order batsman, scored over 14,000 runs, including 21 centuries, during his time in Kent, with his highest score of 147 in the 1992 County Championship against Gloucestershire.
Cowdrey helped Kent finish runners-up in the 1992 County Championship, while in 1995, he scored 53.90, scoring two centuries, with his game suiting the rise of the one-day format, as Kent lifted the AXA Equity & Law League trophy and were finalists in the Benson and Hedges Cup.
Graham Cowdrey is dead after a brief illness at the age of 56. “Paying tribute, the death of their” much-loved former player” “devastated “his former county, describing him as” a top county professional with an infectious passion for the game from a remarkable Kent family.
Kent Cricket is devastated to learn of the passing of our much loved former player, Graham Cowdrey, at the age of 56 after a short illness
So sad to lose my best friend (and best man) Graham Cowdrey yesterday. He made me laugh more than anyone else. So funny, kind and generous. Great batsman too. Joins dad in the Pavilion all too soon. Play a Van song for him today. #thehealinghasbegunpic.twitter.com/rNOB6NBAiU