Devon Conway is a New Zealand-South African cricketer who plays for the cricket team of New Zealand. Devon began his cricket journey when he was 18 years old, and he was playing for the cricket team of St Johns College, Johannesburg. In May 2020, he was awarded the contract by the New Zealand Cricket ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
Devon Conway was born on Monday, 8 July 1991 (age 29 years; as of 2020) in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Devon began his cricket career by playing for the team Gauteng, a first-class cricket team of the southern parts of South Africa. He has been a part of several domestic teams over the years before joining the New Zealand cricket team.
Height(approx.): 5′ 11″
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
Devon’s father’s name is Denton Conway and his mother’s name is Sandy Conway. His father is a soccer coach in Johannesburg. Devon has two elder sisters – Candy and Charne Conway.
On 23 July 2020, Devon got engaged to his long time girlfriend, Kim Watson. Kim has been very supportive of Devon’s career as a cricketer and she moved to New Zealand and started her life afresh with Devon.
Devon started his career as a professional cricketer in the year 2009 when he joined the Gauteng cricket team and in August 2015, he was selected for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup. Devon’s performance during the provincial level was spectacular, and in 2017 Devon scored his maiden first-class double century for Gauteng. This was his first double century in the eight years of playing the game, but things didn’t go well for him in the top-tier franchise cricket games as his performance was poor. He had only one half-century in the 12 matches that he played with an average score of 22 runs. Devon could see that with this unsatisfactory performance, he would not make it to the team of South Africa. In 2017, Devon decided to move to Wellington, New Zealand along with his fiance, Kim Watson to give a fresh start to his career as a cricketer. Devon joined the Victoria University Cricket Club as a player and coach. As a coach, he would travel around Wellington, going to schools to train 10 and 11-year-olds. In 2018, Devon signed a contract with the Wellington cricket team for the 2018-2019 cricket season in New Zealand. In May 2020, there was news about new entries in the 13 men black cap squad and in November, selector Gavin Larsen informed Devon that his name has been shortlisted for the New Zealand cricket team. Devon Conway made his T20 international debut for New Zealand against West Indies on 27 November 2020.
- When Devon moved to New Zealand, he sold everything he had in South Africa – his house, car, belongings, etc because he moved to New Zealand to start a new life. Devon said-
I sold my property, car, and everything that we couldn’t bring over because I wanted to close that chapter and start afresh. If I hadn’t done that and my cricket didn’t feel all right after one season, I might have started thinking on the lines of ‘Maybe I can move back’. I didn’t want to.”
- During the 2018-2019 Plunket Shield season, Devon scored 659 runs in 7 matches, making him the leading run-scorer for the season. Again in the 2019-2020 Plunket Shield season, he scored 701 runs in 6 matches.
- In October 2019, Devon Conway played an inning scoring 327 runs for Wellington against Canterbury. This was the ninth triple century in first-class cricket in New Zealand.
- On 6 January 2020, he scored an unbeaten century in just 49 balls during the 2019-2020 Super Smash tournament.
- In April 2020, Devon Conway was awarded the best men’s domestic player by the New Zealand Cricket during their annual award ceremony.
- Devon Conway is the second cricketer who was born in South Africa but plays for New Zealand. Before him, Grant Elliot was the first player to do so.
- In his leisure time, Devon Conway likes to play golf and go on road trips with his fiance and friends.
- On 3 June 2021, he became the sixth batsman to score a double century on Test debut. While playing for New Zealand against England at Lord’s, he scored his double century with a six-off Mark Wood. Hindustan Times