Peter Martin: 6 points you didn’t know about the former England medium-pacer

Born November 15, 1968 at Accrington, Lancashire, Peter Martin is someone who could never make a name for himself at international level but remained an excellent cricketer for Lancashire since his debut in 1989. Pramod Ananth lists six interesting points about the medium-pacer.

1. Highest List A batting average in 1996: Martin averaged 78 in the 1996 season for Lancashire and England. He played a total of 12 innings and remained unbeaten in 11 of them with a highest score of 35 not out. Dean Jones was second on the list with an average of close to 68.

2. Two First-Class tons, 10 years apart: Martin has just two First-Class centuries to his credit, His first came three years after his debut in 1992 when he scored 133 against Durham. The second one came 10 years later against Warwickshire in 2002. He scored an unbeaten 117, coming in at No. 10.

3. Man of the Match on international debut: After a string of impressive performances, Martin was called-up to the England squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies in 1995. He was used as a fifth bowler and helped England bowl West Indies out for 281 that saw them win the match by 25 runs. He was adjudged Man of the Match for his effort. He made his Test debut against the same opposition a month later and was named in the 1996 World Cup squad as well.

4. Lancashire loyal: Martin played his entire career for Lancashire from 1989 until his retirement from all forms in 2004. He has over 600 First-Class wickets to his name over 353 in List A cricket. His persistent knee injury eventually forced him to retire from the game.

5. Hobbies: It is said that Martin was a big fan of painting and had quite the taste for wines. Martin derived maximum relaxation from these two activities. Martin has been painting and drawing all his life started doing so commercially since 1997. His paintings can be viewed at petermartinartist.co.uk.

6. Coaching career: Martin is a local cricket coach at Lancashire. He has acquired levels I, II and III coaching awards from the Lancashire University. He also worked as coach and mentor of fast bowlers at Lancashire briefly.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)