The tall seamer from Belfast made an immediate impression after making his NatWestT20Blast debut for the Bears last year. Before injury curtailed his contribution later in the group stage, Mark showed he has the temperament and ability to deal with batsmen coming hard at him from the word go. His wickets cost just 17.20 runs apiece and he conceded runs at just 6.62 per over - excellent for T20.
Involved in Ireland's international set-up throughout the age groups, Mark is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Birmingham Bears colleagues Boyd Rankin and William Porterfield and represent Ireland for years at the highest level. From a sporting family, he was undecided whether to pursue a career in rugby or cricket until signing a trial contract with the Bears in 2013. Last year he signed an Academy contract and will be looking to push on again in 2017 after making that strong T20 start in '16.
Mark Adair Fact File
Role: Seam-bowling all-rounder
Birmingham Bears squad number: 27
Sports teams beyond cricket: Ulster Rugby, West Brom
Holiday destination: Barbados
Cricket hero: Simon Jones
Quote: "Always listen to Keith Cook"