John Bowra

John Bowra
Personal information
Full name John Bowra
Born 1716
Sevenoaks, Kent, England

December 1785 (aged 6869)

Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Nickname The Kentish Shepherd
Batting style unknown hand
Bowling style underarm: unknown hand and type
Role batsman
Domestic team information
c.1736-1756 London Cricket Club
c.1736-1756 Kent
Career statistics
Source: H T Waghorn, 5 September 2009

John Bowra (baptised 3 June 1716 at Sevenoaks, Kent; buried 22 December 1785 at Sevenoaks) was an English professional cricketer of the mid-Georgian period who made 5 known appearances in first-class cricket.


John Bowra (pronounced Borra) has been identified as "Mr. Boarer", one of "three very good gamesters", who assisted London in a match on Kennington Common in 1739.[1]

Later, in the 1740s, he appeared in several great matches on the Artillery Ground as "John Borah" and represented Kent. He played for Robert Colchin's XI, largely a Kent team, against Richard Newland's XI in 1745.[2]

Bowra is believed to have been a shepherd employed by John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset to explain his title of "The Kentish Shepherd", under which he headed an eleven against "Long Tom" (i.e., Tom Faulkner) of Surrey on Kennington Common in 1747.[3] Earlier that season, he was a member of Robert Colchin's XI against William Hodsoll's XI.[4]

Bowra's final recorded appearance was in 1749 when he again represented Colchin's XI against Stephen Dingate's XI.[5]


William Bowra, who played in the latter part of the 18th century, is believed to have been his son.[6]


  1. Buckley, p.15
  2. Ashley-Cooper, p.36
  3. Buckley, p.21
  4. Ashley-Cooper, p.51
  5. Ashley-Cooper, p.53
  6. From Lads to Lord's at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 June 2011)


This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/15/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.