A tall fast swing bowler with a smooth action, Mark Colegrave was the dominant bowler in the competition during his era.
After debuting as an eighteen-year-old late in the 1986/87 season, he went on to play 296 games and claim 744 wickets, before retiring 23 seasons later as a two-time Player of the Year (Emerson Rodwell Medallist).
He was a key member of Clarence’s success throughout his career, highlighted by the dominant teams winning four premierships in a row from 1987/88 to 1990/91, the famous Grand Final of 1994/95, and the star-studded teams of 2002/03 and 2003/04.
In the 1990/91 win over Glenorchy, he was named Player of the Final after scoring 100 not out having batted as the night watchman at number three. He also took 2/35 with the ball.
His most prolific season was 1999/00 taking 71 wickets @ 13.92 including seven five-wicket innings. Two seasons earlier in 1997/98 he was voted Player of the Year claiming 68 wickets @ 17.78, and late in the season took career best figures of 9/42 against Lindisfarne. He became a multiple Player of the Year recipient in 2003/04, tieing with Graeme Cunningham, after taking 35 wickets at the miserly average of 10.51.
Mark's statistics can be found here.