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Graham Thorne Dowling OBE (born 4 March 1937) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played 39 Test matches and captained New Zealand in 19 of them. Playing as a specialist right-handed batsman, usually an opener, he achieved moderate success, averaging 31 with the bat.

Graham Dowling
Personal information
Full nameGraham Thorne Dowling
Born (1937-03-04) 4 March 1937 (age 82)
Christchurch, New Zealand
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 93)26 December 1961 v South Africa
Last Test9 March 1972 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA
Matches 39 158 5
Runs scored 2,306 9,399 163
Batting average 31.16 34.94 32.60
100s/50s 3/11 16/44 0/1
Top score 239 239 87
Balls bowled 36 656 32
Wickets 1 9 0
Bowling average 19.00 42.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/19 3/100
Catches/stumpings 23/– 111/– 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017


Domestic careerEdit

He captained Canterbury from 1962–63 to 1971–72. He led Canterbury to victory in New Zealand's inaugural one-day competition in 1971-72, when he won the Man of the Match award in both the semi-final and the final.[1]

International careerEdit

He captained the New Zealand Test team in 19 consecutive matches from 1968 to 1972. He led New Zealand to its first Test victories over India, Pakistan and West Indies.

His finest moment came at Christchurch in 1967–68 when he made a nine-hour 239 that led to New Zealand's first victory against India. It was his first match as captain, and he was the only player to score a double century on his captaincy debut until the feat was equalled by Shivnarine Chanderpaul against South Africa in 2005. At the time, his 239 was the highest Test score for New Zealand. Nevertheless, New Zealand lost the two remaining Tests of the series to go down 1–3.

He lost the middle finger of his left hand in 1970 after suffering an injury on the brief tour to Australia in 1969–70.[2] On the tour to the West Indies in 1971–72 he suffered a back injury and had to return home after the Second Test. It was his last first-class match.

After cricketEdit

In the 1987 New Year Honours, Dowling was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket.[3]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Motor Corporation Knockout Tournament 1971/72". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ Andy Quick, "Look Out Australia", Australian Cricket, January 1971, p. 47.
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50766, 30 December 1986. Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Barry Sinclair
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Bevan Congdon