Chris Brown (cricketer, born 1973)
Christopher Mark Brown (born 27 March 1973), more commonly known as Chris Brown, is a former Cook Islands cricketer, who previously played representative cricket for Auckland at New Zealand domestic level. Born in Rarotonga, Brown's early cricket was played for Auckland under-age teams, and he went on to represent the New Zealand national under-19s in several matches as a right-arm fast bowler. Making his first-class debut during the 1993–94 season of the Shell Trophy, he took ten wickets in his debut match, and represented the New Zealand Cricket Academy twice later in the season.
|Full name||Christopher Mark Brown|
|Born||27 March 1973|
Rarotonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||11 December 1993 Auckland v Canterbury|
|List A debut||6 January 1994 Auckland v Canterbury|
|ODIs umpired||15 (2016–2019)|
|T20Is umpired||23 (2017–2019)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 5 November 2019
Brown regularly played for Auckland in both the first-class and limited-overs competitions during the mid-1990s, despite the squad also including several international bowlers. However, after the 1997–98 season, he ceased playing for Auckland. Brown resumed his career in the early 2000s for the Cook Islands national cricket team, playing in regional competitions, and going on to play for a representative East Asia-Pacific team. He regularly captained the country of his birth throughout the remainder of the decade, becoming one of the only first-class players to play for the country. After retiring from playing, Brown took up umpiring, and is currently a member of New Zealand Cricket's Umpiring "A" Panel.
Born in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands' largest and most populous island, Brown played his representative cricket in New Zealand, and represented the New Zealand national under-19 cricket team in several matches against the Australian under-19s during the 1992–93 season. He made his first-class for Auckland in the following season's Shell Trophy. A right-arm fast bowler, Brown took a ten-wicket haul on debut against Canterbury in December 1993, with figures of 6/50 in the first innings and 4/40 in the second innings. He took four wickets in the following match, against Northern Districts, but was dropped after going wicketless in the next match against Central Districts. Auckland's pace attack during the season had included Willie Watson, Murphy Su'a, Chris Pringle, and Justin Vaughan at various stages, all previous Test cricketers. Brown was, however, a more regular selection in limited-overs matches, taking five wickets from five matches at an average of 17.80. At the end of the season, he also played twice for the New Zealand Academy in first-class matches against Northern Districts and Otago, taking six wickets at an average of 13.17.
In August 2011, Brown was elevated to New Zealand Cricket's Umpiring "A" Panel for the upcoming 2011–12 season, effectively ranking him in the "top 20" of New Zealand umpires. Having umpired for just two seasons prior to his appointment, he remained on the "A" Panel for the 2012–13 season. Brown umpired his first matches in New Zealand's first-class and one-day competitions during the 2012–13 season, having mainly officiated women's matches and national underage tournaments. In June 2016 he was added to the International Panel of Umpires and Referees.
On 29 December 2016 he stood in his first One Day International (ODI) match, between New Zealand and Bangladesh. On 6 January 2017 he stood in his first Twenty20 International (T20I) match, also between New Zealand and Bangladesh.
- Under-19 Test matches played by Chris Brown (1) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Under-19 ODI matches played by Chris Brown (3) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- First-class matches played by Chris Brown (19) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Canterbury v Auckland, Shell Trophy 1993/94 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Auckland v Northern Districts, Shell Trophy 1993/94 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Central Districts v Auckland, Shell Trophy 1993/94 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Shell Trophy 1993/94: Bowling for Auckland – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Bowling in Shell Cup 1993/94 (order by average) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Cook Islander Makes NZ Cricket Umpires Panel – International Cricket Council. Published 15 September 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Cricket: Umpires to raise a professional finger – Otago Daily Times. Published 30 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- NZC announce 2012-13 Umpire Panels Archived 22 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine – New Zealand Cricket. Published 17 August 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Chris Brown as umpire in women's limited-overs matches (4) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Chris Brown as umpire in women's Twenty20 matches (5) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Chris Brown as umpire in miscellaneous matches (22) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- "Bowden cut from NZC international panel". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Bangladesh tour of New Zealand, 2nd ODI: New Zealand v Bangladesh at Nelson, Dec 29, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- "Bangladesh tour of New Zealand, 2nd T20I: New Zealand v Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui, Jan 6, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
- "Match Officials announced for ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 October 2019.