Brent Fraser Bowden
April 11, 1963, Henderson, Auckland
The most flamboyant and theatrical umpire since Dickie Bird, Billy Bowden conveys to the spectator his obvious enjoyment of international cricket.
A promising cricketer in his own right, Bowden was struck down at the young age of 21 by rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating condition that affects the mobility of the sufferer.
Already addicted to cricket, Bowden decided to become an umpire to remain involved in the game he loved.
Making his Test debut at home in March 2000, it was obvious that a real character had arrived on the international scene. From his "rocket taking off" signal for six, to his crooked finger dismissal, Billy is an original.
Despite his histrionics Bowden is in the top flight of elite panel umpires, rarely making a mistake, and commanding the respect of the players.