Mark Lathwell

Country: England
Born: December 26, 1971, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
Height: 5ft 8in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Mark Lathwell Bio

Mark Nicholas Lathwell, born on November 4, 1970, in Taunton, Somerset, England, was a talented and promising cricket player whose career failed to live up to the early hype surrounding him. As a wristy and natural batsman, Lathwell showcased immense potential during his early years in the game.

Lathwell’s breakthrough came when he emerged in the cricket scene while playing for Somerset, where he quickly gained recognition as one of England’s most promising batsmen. His impressive performances caught the attention of many, including the renowned cricket personality, Bob Cottam, who hailed Lathwell as “the best young player I’ve ever seen.” This acclaim further heightened during England A’s tour of Australia in 1992-93.

As England struggled against the Australians in 1993, there were calls for Lathwell’s inclusion in the national team. However, by the time he was given his chance, his exceptional form from the previous year had tapered off, leaving him feeling understandably nervous. Unfortunately, the young cricketer, like many others that summer, struggled in the international arena and was subsequently dropped after just two appearances.

Nevertheless, critics and fans believed Lathwell would learn from this experience and make a strong comeback. At the end of 1993, he was named the Cricket Writers’ Young Player of the Year, a testament to his potential. However, during the A-team tour of South Africa that winter, Lathwell found it challenging to replicate his earlier success, with his average plummeting to 17. Over time, his confidence waned, and he increasingly struggled to secure a place in the Somerset side.

Lathwell’s decline continued throughout the 1990s, marred by technical flaws and injuries that kept him sidelined for much of 1999 and 2000. Despite mounting a comeback in 2001, where he scored 702 runs at an average of 35.10, he admitted that his passion for the game had waned, and he found the entire experience to be a strain. Consequently, Lathwell made the difficult decision to retire.

While his cricketing career may not have lived up to the lofty expectations set for him, Mark Lathwell’s talent and early success cannot be dismissed. Although he faced numerous challenges and was unable to sustain his earlier promise, he will be remembered as a player who showcased immense potential during his brief time in the international cricketing arena.

As of today, Mark Lathwell’s legacy serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of sport and the pressures exerted on young athletes. He remains an intriguing figure in cricket history, an example of talent that was never fully realized but continues to inspire young players to strive for greatness.

Mark Lathwell Career Stats

Mark Lathwell Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 78 33 19.5 200 39 0 0 8 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 156 272 11 8727 206 33.43 - - 12 57 - - 105 0
List A 167 161 5 4409 121 28.26 - - 5 26 - - 47 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Mark Lathwell Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 156 - 1144 721 13 2/21 - 55.46 3.78 88 - 0 0
List A 167 - 235 193 1 1/23 1/23 193 4.92 235 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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