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Full Name  Norman George Cowans
Born  (1961-04-17) 17 April 1961 (age 53)
Birth Place  St. Mary, Jamaica
Name  Norman Cowans
Batting style  Right-hand bat
Bowling style  Right-arm fast

Middlesex West Indian fast bowlers, Wayne Daniel and Norman Cowans, 1983

Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 19 23
Runs scored 175 13
Batting average 7.95 2.60
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 36 4*
Balls bowled 3452 1282
Wickets 51 23
Bowling average 39.27 39.69
5 wickets in innings 2 -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 6/77 3/44
Catches/stumpings 9/- 5/-

Norman George Cowans (born 17 April 1961) is a former cricketer who played in 19 Tests and 23 ODIs from 1982 to 1985 for England. He played first-class cricket for Middlesex and Hampshire. He was born at Enfield, St Mary, Jamaica.


Cowans was a right-arm fast bowler and a right-handed tail-end batsman.

Life and career

Middlesex cricketer Norman Cowans circa 1988 News Photo

Cowans was born in the Caribbean, but moved to England with his family when he was eleven. He played County Championship cricket for Middlesex and then Hampshire, winning three Championships and four limited-overs titles (all with Middlesex) in his fifteen seasons. On his first tour overseas, on Englands defence of the Ashes in Australia in 1982/83, he often struggled, was wayward in line and length, and was underbowled by captain, Bob Willis, until the crucial Fourth Test at Melbourne, a match England had to win if they had any hope of retaining the Ashes they won at home in 1981.

Cowans played the game of his life at the MCG in 1983, where he took a match-winning 6 for 77, following his first innings 2 for 69 (which included the first ball scalp of Greg Chappell), in Englands dramatic three run victory. For these five days, Cowans was the star of English cricket, and had sent the series to Sydney for the deciding Fifth Test, which ended in a draw.

Cowans was nicknamed Flash as a result of being able to bowl a cricket ball at almost 100 mph.

He was Richard Hadlees 200th Test wicket, of which Hadlee said: "I would have preferred it to have been Gower, Randall, or Lamb, but Flash will do in the circumstances!"


Norman Cowans Wikipedia

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