Bevan Ernest Congdon

Born: Motueka, 11 February 1938

Died: Auckland, 10 February 2018

Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium-pace swing bowler

Central Districts 1960/61-1970/71; Wellington 1971/72; Otago 1972/73-1973/74; Canterbury 1974/75-1977/78

New Zealand 1965-78; New Zealand Captain 1971/72 to 1974/75 – 17 Tests


Trevor Bailey wrote: Congdon was a very effective accumulator, who kept within his limitations, never gave his wicket away lightly, and always had to be prised out. One gained the impression he had made himself into a better batsman than his basic ability warranted through sheer unstinting application to the job in hand, not losing his wicket and therefore inevitably scoring runs.


Test Career - Batting
Test Career - Bowling
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First Class Career - Batting
First Class Career - Bowling
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1938 February Born in Motueka

1960 December Gained selection for Central Districts, scoring 30 not out against Wellington in his first innings.

1965 January Test debut v Pakistan, Basin Reserve, Wellington, scoring 42 and 30 in a drawn Test match. Selected for the New Zealand tour of India, Pakistan and the UK. He scored 136 and 56 not out against the MCC at Lord’s as well as capturing three wickets for 29 runs.

1966 February Scored a gritty first Test century of 104 runs v England, Lancaster Park, Christchurch. Named Batsman of the Year in the Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand 1966.

1969 Selected for the New Zealand tour of the UK, India and Pakistan and played in all nine Test matches, with a highest score of 66 and an average of 35.80 in the Test series against England.

1970 March Hit 14 boundaries in an innings of 128 against an Australian side at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.

1972 Selected as Vice-Captain for the NZ tour of the West Indies. He had Test scores of 11, 16, 166*, 82, 126, 61* 11, 58 – 531 runs at 88.5. On the tour, he totalled 992 runs at 82.66. He also claimed 13 Test wickets and 21 on the tour, second in the averages to Bruce Taylor.

1973 Selected as Captain for the tour of the UK he played two memorable Test innings, 176 at Trent Bridge and 175 at Lord’s. His batting in England won him the Redpath Cup for the 1972-73 season.

1974 March Led New Zealand’s men’s side to an historic first Test win over Australia at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. Wisden named him as one of its Five Cricketers of the Year.

1975 In the Test series against India his highest score was only 58, yet he averaged 54.5 in his four innings during the series.

1977 February Scored 107* v Australia in the second innings of the first Test at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, to deprive the Australians of victory.

1978 February Congdon, the senior pro, was part of the side in the famous Test in which New Zealand finally beat England at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. On his last tour of England, at the age of 40, he averaged 34.75 and picked up 23 wickets.


Review: Bevan Congdon: A Singular Man

Bevan Congdon is probably quite high up on the list of cricketers who you would choose to play for your life. New Zealand cricket supporters of a certain age can still fondly remember some significant innings that he played. Sadly, those innings were sometimes...