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Full name Mark Wellings Priest
Born August 12, 1961, Greymouth, West Coast
Current age 52 years 351 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury
Also known as Popeye
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||England v New Zealand at Nottingham, Jun 7-12, 1990 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (SSC), Jun 10-13, 1998 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sharjah, Apr 26, 1990 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Jun 23, 1998 scorecard|
|List A span||1987-1999|
Slow left-armer and middle-order left-hand batsman Mark 'Popeye' Priest made three Test appearances over seven years, as well as playing 18 one-dayers, but was never able to reproduce the form which had made him so useful at domestic level. Much was expected of him when he toured England in 1990, but his haul of 14 wickets was a disappointing return. He continued to perform solidly for Canterbury, but infrequent returns to the national team were brief and unproductive. He finally retired at the end of the 1998-99 season, shortly after taking his 300th first-class wicket.
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