2011 Review

Mark Lathwell      

Full name Mark Nicholas Lathwell

Born December 26, 1971, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire

Current age 42 years 268 days

Major teams England, Somerset

Nickname Lathers, Rowdy, Trough

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 5 ft 8 in

Education Braunton Comprehensive

Mark Nicholas Lathwell
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 78 33 19.50 200 39.00 0 0 8 0 0 0
First-class 156 272 11 8727 206 33.43 12 57 105 0
List A 167 161 5 4409 121 28.26 5 26 47 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 156 1144 721 13 2/21 55.46 3.78 88.0 0 0
List A 167 235 193 1 1/23 1/23 193.00 4.92 235.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 1-6, 1993 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 22-26, 1993 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1991-2001
List A span 1990-2001
Profile

A wristy and natural batsman, Mark Lathwell's early career promised much, but ultimately he failed to live up to the hype - possibly because of that very hype - and he drifted out of the game before he was 30. He burst on the scene at Somerset and was heralded as one of England's most promising batsmen - Bob Cottam described him as "the best young player I've ever seen" - and that reputation was further enhanced on England A's tour of Australia in 1992-93. As England were being hammered by Australia in 1993 there were calls for him to be drafted in. By the time he was picked, his superb form of the previous 12 months has ebbed, and, clearly nervous, he struggled (as most did that summer) and was dropped after two outings. Most pundits assumed he would be back, stronger for the experience; in fact, he never again recaptured that early promise. At the end of 1993 he was named the Cricket Writers' Young Player Of The Year, but he struggled on that winter's A-team tour of South Africa, averaging 17. His confidence waned season by season, and by the end of the 1990s he was struggling to hold down a place in the Somerset side. His technique developed flaws, and he was sidelined by injuries for much of 1999 and 2000, but returned in 2001 with 702 runs at 35.10. However, his enthusiasm for the game had gone and, as he admitted, he found the whole thing a strain and he retired.
Martin Williamson

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Jul 14, 2000

Scuderi watches in delight as Lathwell walks back to the pavilion after being trapped LBW, PPP healthcare County Championship Division One, 2000, Somerset v Lancashire, County Ground, Taunton, 12-15 July 2000(Day 2).

Scuderi watches in delight as Lathwell walks back to the pavilion after being trapped LBW

© Photo by John Dawson

Jul 14, 2000

Joe Scuderi appeals for an LBW against Mark Lathwell, PPP healthcare County Championship Division One, 2000, Somerset v Lancashire, County Ground, Taunton, 12-15 July 2000(Day 2).

Joe Scuderi appeals for an LBW against Mark Lathwell

© Photo by John Dawson

Jul 14, 2000

Joe Scuderi celebrates after taking the wicket of Lathwell, PPP healthcare County Championship Division One, 2000, Somerset v Lancashire, County Ground, Taunton, 12-15 July 2000(Day 2).

Joe Scuderi celebrates after taking the wicket of Lathwell

© Photo by John Dawson

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