Born in Abergavenny, and raised in Crickhowell, ‘Wally’ made his first-class debut for Glamorgan in 1999 against Somerset at Taunton, and at 17 years and 287 days old he duly became the Club’s youngest wicket-keeper in a County Championship match. In the course of the next few years, he also represented England Under 19s, before becoming Glamorgan’s regular wicket-keeper from 2001. He was a member of the Glamorgan Dragons side which won the National League in 2004, besides appearing at Twenty20 Finals Day in the same summer.
Mark Wallace has gone onto become the most successful wicket-keeper batsman in Glamorgan’s history and in 2009 he made his highest score in first-class cricket, making 139 against Surrey at The Oval, during a Club record sixth wicket stand of 240 with Jim Allenby. In 2011 he became the first gloveman for the Welsh county to amass over 1,000 first-class runs in a season, breaking the Club record of 959 which had been set in 1923 by Jimmy Stone and in 2012 as Captain Mark surpassed Eifion Jones’ Club record for the most runs in a career in first-class cricket by a specialist wicket-keeper.
Commenting on the announcement, 30 year-old Wallace said, "It is a huge privilege to be granted a Benefit Year by the Club’s Committee and I would like to express my gratitude to them. “
Glamorgan Cricket’s Chairman, Barry O’Brien, added, “Mark is an outstanding player for the Club and we are delighted to be able to award Mark Wallace a Benefit next year. Mark has been a superb servant to Glamorgan throughout his career and thoroughly deserves a benefit given his commitment to the team’s cause.”