Mark Harper

Full name: Mark Anthony Harper
Born: 31 Oct 1957, Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm medium pace
Relations: Brother: RA Harper
Teams: Guyana U-19 (2in: 1972-1977); West Indies U-19 (Testy: 1976); West Indies U-19 (ODIy: 1976); Demerara (FC: 1974-1989); Guyana (FC: 1976-1991); Guyana (ListA: 1978-1991); All teams
Club: Demerara Cricket Club, Georgetown
School: Tutorial High School, Georgetown
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

Mark Harper is a former Guyana national youth and senior player who also represented the West Indies Youth Team versus the Touring English Youth Team in 1976. An attacking right-handed batsman, he was outstanding in the UK League Cricket from 1979 to 1996, representing teams such as Enfield Cricket Club in the Lancashire League. Mark has been a member of the Demerara Cricket Club since 1969, when he was just 12 years old.

Mark has always been active in cricket coaching, development and administration. He is an NCA UK Advance Level cricket coach and has been president of the Guyana Blind Cricket Association for many years. He was chairman of Senior Selectors for the Demerara Cricket Board is currently chairman of Senior Selectors for the Georgetown Cricket Association.  He also fills the position of Technical Advisor to the Georgetown Cricket Association.

Between 1992 and 1995 Mark coached the youth players at Middlesex County Cricket Club and assisted in the training of coaches and the running of coaching courses in Middlesex County.  He was Manager & Head Coach of the Caribbean Cricket Centre in Antigua from 1997 to 1999, national cricket coach of Guyana for a spell in 2000 & 2001 and coach for Bermuda from 2001 to 2004.

During his three-year term with the Bermuda Cricket Board, Harper was influential in the success of the Island's Under-15 national squad that captured two successive Americas Championships.  He played a major role in the re-introduction of two-day cricket to the domestic schedule and also coached the senior national team to 2005 ICC Trophy qualification in Ireland.

Mark Harper was also Turks and Caicos coach from 2007 to 2008 for Caribbean island's 2008 Stanford Twenty20 preparations. In 2009 he worked with the Sacred Cows Foundation to develop a national coaching plan for St Lucia.

In January 2011 Harper was again appointed National Cricket Coach of Guyana, taking over from Rabindranauth Seeram after a prolonged series of poor performances by the Guyana team. He is currently Chairman of the Senior Selectors panel, which selects Guyana national teams.

Mark is currently an active cricket coach, consultant and broadcast media analyst.

Guyana-cricket.com thanks Mark Harper for his past and present contributions to cricket in Guyana, the West Indies region and elsewhere.

Batting and Fielding Averages
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Guyana U19 Var 19 26 4 881 140 40.04 2 4 20
West Indies U19 Testy 1 2 0 10 6 5.00 0 0 4
West Indies U19 ODIy 1 1 0 4 4 4.00 0 0 0
Demerara FC 11 19 3 698 124 43.62 2 3 14
Guyana FC 30 50 4 1403 149* 30.50 2 8 26
All FC 42 71 7 2156 149* 33.68 4 12 42
Guyana List A 13 12 1 253 74 23.00 0 1 2
Bowling Averages
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI 10wM SR Econ
Guyana U19 Var 766 44 247 6 2/27 41.16 0 0 0 127.67 1.93
West Indies U19 ODIy 48 0 75 2 2/75 37.50 0 0 - 24.00 9.37
Demerara FC 96 4 45 0 - - - 0 0 - 2.81
Guyana FC 570 25 222 6 2/10 37.00 - 0 0 95.00 2.34
All FC 666 29 267 6 2/10 44.50 - 0 0 111.00 2.40
Guyana List A 210 0 148 0 0/9   0 0 - - 4.22