Mark Andrew Robinson
(born 23 November 1966, Hull
) was an English cricketer
: a right-arm fast-medium bowler who also batted right-handed. He was renowned for being one of the worst batsmen in the modern professional game, finishing with a career first-class batting average
of 4.01, a figure which would have been even lower had it not been for his fairly high proportion of not outs
(112 of them in 259 first-class innings).
After a number of appearances in Northamptonshire
's second XI, Robinson made his first-class debut in 1987
, taking four wickets in the match including those of Mike Watkinson
and Neil Fairbrother
. By the end of the season he was playing a significant part in the first team, and the following year
he took 46 first-class wickets at 22.93
. However, with the bat he scored only 37 runs in 17 innings, more than half of them when he made 19* and 2* against Essex
in his final game of the summer.
He spent the winter
in New Zealand
playing for Canterbury
, though his bowling was not particularly effective and he averaged over 40. Returning to Northants for 1989
, Robinson claimed 37 wickets, but a derisory total of 17 runs from 23 innings brought him an average of 1.30 despite 10 not-outs. This included a sequence of seven successive scoreless innings between April and June, although he was dismissed in only five of these.
A world record, then to Yorkshire
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