Mark Walsh      

Full name Mark Jason Walsh

Born April 28, 1972, Townsville, Queensland

Current age 47 years 303 days

Major teams Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Mark Jason Walsh
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 Ct St
First-class 12 18 1 293 50 17.23 687 42.64 0 2 47 4
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 12 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1998/99 - 2000/01

Afflicted as he has been by the problem of finding himself in the wrong places at the wrong times - the eternal curse of wicketkeepers - Mark Walsh has not received anything more than an extremely brief taste of interstate cricket to this stage of his career. Born and raised in Townsville, Walsh's talent as a gloveman was considered sufficiently pronounced to earn him selection in Queensland's team for the Australian country championships of 1994, and he also won a place in an Australian Country XI for a one-off match at the tournament's conclusion. But, with Ian Healy and Wade Seccombe maintaining positions ahead of him, his chances of winning a call-up to Sheffield Shield or Mercantile Mutual Cup level remained particularly remote. Walsh therefore made the pragmatic decision to relocate to Western Australia later the same year. The bid for higher honours has, however, come to be compromised by two further problems. One was the simultaneous arrival in the State of the multi-talented Adam Gilchrist, whose brilliant prowess with both bat and gloves rendered him a more obvious candidate to replace the ageing Tim Zoehrer. The other has been the continuing all-round improvement of Ryan Campbell - a regular in the State team as a batsman anyway - as a back-up option behind the stumps. It was not until early 1999 that Walsh's first real window of opportunity came; Gilchrist's one-day international commitments and Campbell's selection in an Australia 'A' team paving the way for his first class debut. Only a handful of other matches have followed. Nonetheless, it should be said that there at last exists the sense that more chances may come in forthcoming summers. In light of Gilchrist's elevation to Test honours and the Western Australian selectors' reluctance to turn Campbell into virtually a permanent wicketkeeper, Walsh's long awaited chance to showcase his defiant batting and acrobatic glovework may finally have dawned. (John Polack, July 2000)

Latest Photos

Sep 12, 2000

Portrait of Mark Walsh.

Mark Walsh - Portrait

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Aug 23, 1999

Portrait of Mark Walsh, Western Australia, 1999

Mark Walsh - Portrait 1999

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