Mark Ealham

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Mark Ealham
Personal information
Full name Mark Alan Ealham
Born (1969-08-27) 27 August 1969 (age 47)
Willesborough, Kent
Nickname Ealy, Border, Skater
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium-fast
Role All-rounder
Relations Alan Ealham (father)
Simon Willis (brother-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 580) 4 July 1996 v India
Last Test 21 June 1998 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 136) 23 May 1996 v India
Last ODI 12 June 2001 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–2009 Nottinghamshire
1989–2003 Kent
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 8 64 281 417
Runs scored 210 716 11,349 6,326
Batting average 21.00 17.46 31.96 23.96
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 13/67 1/26
Top score 53* 45 153* 112
Balls bowled 1,060 3,227 38,434 18,500
Wickets 17 67 643 477
Bowling average 28.70 32.79 27.93 26.50
5 wickets in innings 0 2 24 4
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 4/21 5/15 8/36 6/53
Catches/stumpings 4/– 9/– 158/– 110/–
Source: CricInfo, 14 October 2009

Mark Alan Ealham (born 27 August 1969) is a retired English cricketer, who played domestic cricket for Kent and Nottinghamshire. He is an all-rounder and is a former England international at both Test and one-day cricket.

Ealham was born in Willesborough, Kent, and began his career with Kent C.C.C.; his father, Alan Ealham, had spent his entire career with the club. He made his first-class and list A cricket debuts for Kent in 1989.

Ealham was first called into the England team for the start of India's tour of England in 1996. His one-day debut came on 23 May in the first one-day international. Although no result was possible due to rain, Ealham impressed as he reached 40 runs before being bowled by Anil Kumble. He made his Test debut in the third Test, played between 4 July and 9 July 1996. Ealham once again impressed, he scored 51 runs in the first innings and took second-innings bowling figures of 4/21, which he never surpassed at Test level; the game ended in a draw.

Despite his promising Test debut, Ealham was always regarded as a limited-overs specialist. This belief is mainly due to his free-swinging batting style; during a Twenty20 Cup match in 2005 against Durham he scored 45 off 17 balls including 34 runs in a single over. However, his greatest performance as a player came on 30 January 2000 when England played Zimbabwe in the fifth match of a triangular tournament held in South Africa. Ealham took five wickets for only 15 runs. At the time this was the best bowling performance by an Englishman in a one-day international match ever. Even more remarkable is that all five wickets were LBWs, this is still a record in one-day international cricket.[1]

Ealham left Kent before the 2003 season and signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire, with whom he won the 2005 County Championship. Ealham took 56 wickets in 15 Championship matches that season, the most by a Nottinghamshire bowler, and the fifth-most in Division One – at an average of 20.80, the fourth-lowest in Division One among bowlers with more than 20 wickets.

He retired in September 2009, after 20 seasons in domestic cricket,[2] to take charge of cricket at King's School, Canterbury.[3] During his time at King's, he coached several Kent academy players including Oliver Robinson.

Ealham bowls for Nottinghamshire


  1. ^ Cricinfo - A legend is born
  2. ^ No regrets on retirement - Ealham Thursday, 9 July 2009 09:57 UK
  3. ^ Ealham Prepares For Life After Notts NCCC News 29 September 2009

External links[edit]

Mark Ealham at ESPNcricinfo