Chris Mack (cricketer)

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Chris Mack
Personal information
Full name Christopher David Mack
Born (1970-06-30) 30 June 1970 (age 44)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990–1991 Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 9 4
Runs scored 14 12
Batting average 2.33 n/a
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 8 12*
Balls bowled 1811 214
Wickets 22 7
Bowling average 45.00 20.71
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/72 3/51
Catches/stumpings 1/- 1/-
Source: CricketArchive, 19 January 2013

Christopher David "Chris" Mack (born 30 June 1970) is a former Australian cricketer who played several matches for Western Australia during the early 1990s. From Perth, Mack played two series for the Australian under-19 cricket team, and made his state debut aged 19. A right-arm fast bowler, he went on to attend the Australian Cricket Academy and the Western Australian Institute of Sport. Mack was a regular selection at both first-class and List A during the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons. Although he later spent a season playing in the Lancashire League in England, he did not play at state level again, with his last match for Western Australia coming at the age of 21.

Domestic career[edit]

From Perth, Mack was a talented junior player, making his debut for the state under-19s team aged 17.[1] A right-arm fast bowler, he went on to represent the Australian under-19 cricket team the following season, playing two Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against the touring New Zealand under-19s in early 1989.[2][3] Mack was subsequently accepted into the Australian Cricket Academy's 1990 intake group,[4] and later graduated from the cricket program at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.[5] Following good form in an Academy game against the touring Sri Lankans,[6] Mack was selected to make his state debut in the first of two limited-overs matches Western Australia was playing against the tourists.[7] The matches, both played at the WACA Ground in early February, were effectively considered trial matches by the state selectors, with Brendan Julian, Mark Palmer, and Darrin Ramshaw also making their List-A debuts. Mack took 1/28 from ten overs in the first match, and 1/32 in the second match.[8][9]

This form was enough to secure his place in Western Australia's team for the upcoming Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.[10] On his first-class debut, Mack took 3/70 and 2/27 opening the bowling with Alan Mullally, allowing him to retain his place for the next match.[11] With the bouncy pace of the WACA Ground favouring his style of bowling, he went on to play in all of Western Australia's three remaining Sheffield Shield matches, finishing the season with 11 wickets.[12] Still aged only 19, Mack was able to qualify for an Australian Young Cricketers team that toured the West Indies in August 1989,[2] taking nine wickets at an average of 15.66 in a three-Test series against the West Indies under-19s.[13]

During the 1990–91 season, the majority of Mack's matches were again played at the end of Western Australia's Sheffield Shield campaign.[10] He took eleven wickets from his five matches, but was quite expensive, finishing with an average of 52.27.[14] His best bowling figures in an innings, 4/72, were taken in the second innings of the match against Queensland in January 1991, again assisted by the pitch at the WACA.[15] Mack spent the 1991 English cricket season playing for Burnley in the Lancashire League, as the club's designated professional.[16] In his 26 matches, he took 77 wickets at an average of 20.20 to lead his team's wicket-taking,[17] as well as finishing fourth in the overall wicket-taking.[18] In the succeeding Australian season, Mack was unable to gain selection for the state team, instead playing only colts matches.[1] He did not play for Western Australia again, with his last season played at the age of 21.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miscellaneous matches played by Chris Mack – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Under-19 Test matches played by Chris Mack (5) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  3. ^ Under-19 ODI matches played by Chris Mack (5) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  4. ^ Cricket Graduates – Australian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  5. ^ ANNUAL REPORT 1990/91 – Western Australian Institute of Sport. p. 12. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  6. ^ Australian Cricket Academy v Sri Lankans, Sri Lanka in Australia 1989/90 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  7. ^ List A matches played by Chris Mack (4) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ Western Australia v Sri Lankans, Sri Lanka in Australia 1989/90 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  9. ^ Western Australia v Sri Lankans, Sri Lanka in Australia 1989/90 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  10. ^ a b First-class matches played by Chris Mack (9) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  11. ^ Tasmania v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield 1989/90 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  12. ^ Sheffield Shield 1989/90: bowling for Western Australia – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  13. ^ Australia Young Cricketers in West Indies 1990: under-19 Test bowling for Australia Young Cricketers – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  14. ^ Sheffield Shield 1990/91: bowling for Western Australia – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  15. ^ Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield 1990/91 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  16. ^ Lancashire League matches played by Chris Mack (26) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  17. ^ Marsden Building Society Lancashire League 1991: bowling for Burnley – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  18. ^ Bowling in Marsden Building Society Lancashire League 1991 (ordered by wickets) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  19. ^ Chris Mack player profile – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 January 2013.