Neil Mallender

Country: England
Born: August 13, 1961, Kirk Sandall, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium

Neil Mallender Bio

Neil Alan Mallender, commonly known as “Ghostie” due to his pale complexion, is a former cricket player from England. Born in Yorkshire, Mallender began his first-class career for Northamptonshire in 1980 after impressing on a tour of the West Indies with England Young Cricketers.

A right-arm fast-medium bowler, Mallender’s big break came when he was selected to represent England against Pakistan at the age of 30 in 1992. The match was played on a seaming Headingley pitch, perfectly suited to Mallender’s style of bowling. Not only did he take 5 for 50, but he also bagged eight wickets in the match, making him the debutant with the best figures by an English player in nine years. His outstanding performance helped secure a victory and guaranteed his selection for the final Test of the series.

Although Mallender found conditions harder at The Oval, he displayed determination and commitment on a good batting track. However, despite his exceptional debut performance, he was unfairly discarded before the tour to India and Sri Lanka, a decision that was heavily criticized by renowned cricket commentator Richie Benaud and others, who deemed it “disgraceful.”

After leaving Northamptonshire and acquiring his county cap in 1984, Mallender joined Somerset in 1987. He became an integral part of the team’s rebuilding process and quickly became beloved by both members and players. Mallender had come agonizingly close to selection for England twice before, during tours to New Zealand when the squad was plagued by injuries.

Neil Mallender honed his skills during several winters playing for Otago in New Zealand from 1983 to 1992. Nicknamed “Ghostie” by the locals, he captained the side for two years and consistently ranked among the top bowlers, thriving in the New Zealand conditions. In the 1991-92 season, he scored his only first-class century against Central Districts, earning the rare honor for a foreigner of a testimonial.

After a successful benefit season in 1994, Mallender left Somerset and returned to Northamptonshire. However, his career was plagued by frequent injuries that shortened the time between each setback. Eventually, in 1996, he decided to retire, leaving behind a remarkable record of 937 first-class wickets and nearly 5,000 runs.

Post-retirement, Mallender transitioned to becoming a respected first-class umpire. In 1999, he was appointed to the umpire list and rapidly ascended through the ranks. He officiated his first One Day International in 2001 when England faced Pakistan at Lord’s. His Test umpiring debut came in October 2003 at Lahore.

Neil Alan Mallender’s career has been one of determination, resilience, and skill. His remarkable debut in international cricket and his contributions to both Northamptonshire and Somerset solidified his legacy as a talented and relentless cricketer. His transition to umpiring further established his presence in the cricketing world, where he continued to excel and earn the respect of players and fans alike.

Neil Mallender Career Stats

Neil Mallender Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 0 8 4 2.66 22 36.36 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 345 396 122 4709 100* 17.18 - - 1 10 - - 111 0
List A 325 163 75 1146 38* 13.02 - - 0 0 - - 60 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Neil Mallender Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 2 3 449 215 10 5/50 8/122 21.5 2.87 44.9 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 345 - 53215 24654 937 7/27 - 26.31 2.77 56.7 - 36 5
List A 325 - 15488 9849 387 7/37 7/37 25.44 3.81 40 9 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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