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.
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 record for a highest score in the fourth innings to lose a match.
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.
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/65||51||India||Eden Park||Auckland||New Zealand||1976|
|Test centuries of Bevan Congdon|
|104||11||England||Christchurch, New Zealand||Lancaster Park||1966||Drawn|
|166*||33||West Indies||Port of Spain, Trinidad||Queen’s Park Oval||1972||Drawn|
|126||34||West Indies||Bridgetown, Barbados||Kensington Oval||1972||Drawn|
|176||40||England||Nottingham, England||Trent Bridge||1973||Lost|
|132||46||Australia||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||1974||Drawn|
|107*||54||Australia||Christchurch, New Zealand||Lancaster Park||1977||Drawn|
One Day International centuries
|One Day International centuries of Bevan Congdon|
|101||7||England||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||1975||No result|