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|Full name||Raymond Thomas Dowker|
|Born||(1919-07-06)6 July 1919
New Brighton, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
|Died||17 December 2004(2004-12-17) (aged 85)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
|Relations||Joe Wheeler (grandson)
Ben Wheeler (grandson)
|Domestic team information|
|First class debut||7 January 1950 Canterbury v Otago|
|Last First class||15 February 1957 Canterbury v Auckland|
Source: CricketArchive, 17 October 2009
A right-handed batsman, Dowker played 24 games – scoring 1,147 runs at 30.18 including one century, 122 against Auckland on 7 January 1955. Born in New Brighton, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, he was one of the New Zealand Cricket Almanack Players of the Year for 1955. With 366 runs at an average of 45.75, he was the highest scorer in the Plunket Shield in the 1954-55 season.
His grandsons have also been successful in New Zealand sport. The sons of his daughter Catherine Wheeler (née Dowker), Joe Wheeler and Ben Wheeler, have played Rugby and cricket respectively for regional and national teams.
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