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Umpire Bowden reaches century landmark

January 10, 2007 10:24 IST
Billy Bowden became the eighth umpire to chalk up 100 one-day international appearances even though Tuesday's match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was washed out in Hamilton.

The game still enters the record books as the toss took place before it rained, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a news release.

That means the 43-year-old Bowden, with the famous crooked-finger send-off for batsmen, becomes only the second New Zealander after Steve Dunne to stand in a century of one-day internationals.

"All I ever want is to ensure I do my best, it is not about records," said Bowden. "Having said that, it is a special day and it is great to be a member of the 100-club."

He is the youngest umpire to join the club but it is a record he is likely to hold for only a few days.

Simon Taufel, 35, is one short of his century and should reach the milestone in his native Australia during this month's tri-series

which also involves England and New Zealand.

"Shortly after I stopped playing in 1986 due to arthritis, I realised I wanted to give something back to the game and the way I chose to do that was to umpire," said Bowden.

Most one-day international appearances by umpires:

David Shepherd (England) 172

Rudi Koertzen (South Africa) 158

Steve Bucknor (West Indies) 151

Daryl Harper (Australia) 127

Darrell Hair (Australia) 124

David Orchard (Australia) 107

Steve Dunne (New Zealand) 100

Billy Bowden (New Zealand) 100

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