Mark Andrew Robinson OBE                

Mark Robinson OBE was born on 23 November 1966 in Hull, Yorkshire. His nickname is Robbo and he was a right-arm fast-medium bowler for Northamptonshire (1987-90), Yorkshire (1991-95) and Sussex (1997-2002).

He took 4 wickets, including Neil Fairbrother and Mike Watkinson, on debut for Northamptonshire against Lancashire in 1987. His breakthrough season was 1988 when he took 46 first-class wickets at 22.93.

He was a genuine tail-ender. In 1990 he set a world record of 12 first-class ducks in a row, albeit with 7 of them not out. He finished the season with a total of 3 runs in 16 first-class innings with a top score of 1*. It was his ten not outs which elevated his average for the season to a heady 0.50!

In 1991 he moved to Yorkshire. In 1992, he took 50 first-class wickets at 22.68 and for the next 3 summers he took between 45 and 49 wickets. In 1993, he took a career-best innings haul of 9/37 against his former county, Northamptonshire.

He missed the 1996 season before joining Sussex in 1997. He had a good first season taking 48 first-class wickets at 29.70. In both 1998 and 1999 he took over 40 first-class wickets. 2000 was a disappointment but 2001 saw him, in Division 2, have his best season with 56 first-class wickets at 19.33.

In 229 first-class games he took 584 wickets at 30.49 with 5 wickets in an innings on 13 occasions and 10 wickets in a match twice with a best of 9/37 as above. He made 590 runs at 4.01 with a best of 27.

In October 2005, he took over as cricket manager at Sussex. Between 2005 and 2015 he had great success there – the county won back to back County Championships in 2006 and 2007 and also won the NatWest Trophy in 2006, the Pro 40 in 2008 and 2009 and the Twenty20 Cup in 2009.

He took on the role of coach to the England Women’s cricket team in 2015. He led the team to win the World Cup in 2017 having beaten India in the final. In 2018 he took England to the final of the Women’s World Twenty20 when they lost to Australia. He stood down in 2019 after 4 years in charge.

He became 1st Team Coach at Warwickshire in 2021 and met with immediate success by winning both the County Championship and the Bob Willis Trophy.  

It will be interesting to hear the views of a highly successful coach who is currently on the county scene.

Ken Burney