Geoff Howarth

Country: New Zealand
Born: March 29, 1951, Auckland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Geoff Howarth Bio

Geoffrey Philip Howarth, widely known as Geoff Howarth, was a prominent New Zealand cricketer who became one of the country’s first fully professional players. Through dedication and perseverance, he overcame numerous setbacks to establish himself as a successful Test batsman and an exceptional captain. Known for his elegant right-handed stroke play, particularly his exquisite off-side shots, Howarth was particularly severe on the half-volley, which he would consistently dispatch with precision.

Born on March 29, 1946, in Wellington, New Zealand, Geoff Howarth was the younger brother of another talented cricketer, Hedley Howarth. From a young age, Geoff displayed immense talent in both batting and fielding, even showcasing his abilities as an offspinner. However, despite his immense skill, his journey to success was not an easy one.

In 1969, Geoff began what would be a long and frustrating apprenticeship at Surrey county cricket club in England. It took him three years before he finally represented a New Zealand provincial side in 1972-73. Although he showed promise during the Prudential World Cup in 1975, it was not until the 1977-78 season that he truly revealed his true abilities.

During that pivotal season, Geoff Howarth played a vital role in saving New Zealand on a deteriorating wicket in a match against England at Auckland. He scored a brilliant 122 and followed it up with another century, ensuring that his team didn’t succumb early. This performance cemented his place in the New Zealand side, and he exuded confidence as he faced the formidable English seamers in 1978.

In 1980, Geoff Howarth captained the New Zealand team to a historic series win over the mighty West Indies. His astute leadership and amiable personality proved crucial in guiding his team to further triumphs, including their first win on English soil in 52 years. Under his captaincy, New Zealand experienced a golden period in cricket, with Howarth leading by example with both bat and leadership skills.

However, Howarth’s career came to an unfortunate end in 1985. Despite wearing glasses and supposedly being the captain of Surrey, he was not chosen for any Championship matches, and this led to his omission as captain of New Zealand as well.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to cricket, Geoff Howarth was awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1981 and the OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1984. In the early 1990s, he took up coaching and managerial roles for the national team, continuing his association with the sport he loved.

Geoff Howarth’s legacy as a cricketer extends beyond his numbers and accolades. He inspired a generation of New Zealand cricketers with his elegant batting, exceptional fielding, and exemplary leadership. His determination, resilience, and passion for the game will forever be remembered in the annals of New Zealand cricket history.

Geoff Howarth Career Stats

Geoff Howarth Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 47 83 5 2531 147 32.44 - - 6 11 - 1 29 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 70 65 5 1384 76 23.06 2301 60.14 0 6 - - 16 0
FC 338 584 42 17294 183 31.9 - - 32 88 - - 229 0
List A 279 263 12 6016 122 23.96 - - 2 29 - - 76 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Geoff Howarth Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 47 20 614 271 3 1/13 1/13 90.33 2.64 204.6 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 70 7 90 68 3 1/4 1/4 22.66 4.53 30 0 0 0
FC 338 - 8525 3596 112 5/32 - 32.1 2.53 76.1 - 1 0
List A 279 - 682 487 24 4/16 4/16 20.29 4.28 28.4 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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