Graham Cowdrey: The previous Kent batsman dies after a brief sickness on the age of 56

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Graham Cowdrey struck 20 centuries during his 14-year career in Kent

Former Kent batsman Graham Cowdrey has died aged 56 after a brief illness.

After a 14-year career, the right-handed man later became a cricket liaison officer and referee for the Cricket Board of England and Wales.

The son of former Kent and England captain Colin Cowdrey and brother of Chris, he was also the uncle of Fabian, who also played for the county.

In his 450 appearances for Kent, he scored more than 14,000 runs.

"I am numb with shock and sadness that the brilliant, generous, fun and complex friend who lit so many cricket pitches on and off the pitch has slipped away," said former Kent teammate and captain Matthew Fleming.

"& # 39; Van," as he was commonly known for his love of all things Van Morrison, was an instinctive cricketer, game changer, who won games with his batsman and field player skills.

"However, it was his deep love for cricket and Kent, his dedication as a teammate, his integrity and bad sense of humor, his loyalty as a friend and the 'twinkle in his eyes' that shaped almost everything he did we will also remember with the greatest possible affection. "

One of Cowdrey's most prolific seasons with the bat was in 1995 when he helped Kent advance to the Benson & Hedges Cup final and win the Sunday League with a List-A average of 53.90.

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