Mark started playing darts in 1991, a few of his workmates at the time played darts locally in Coventry and he decided to tag along. From there he joined his local pub team (The Devonshire Arms in Wyken, Coventry) He started to go and watch his mates Nick Gedney and Pete Allen play for Warwickshire County. They both encouraged Mark to join a Super League team to enable him the chance for selection for the county. He finally made his senior county debut in 1993 and after playing for 4 consecutive years at this level he stopped playing in 1997. After a break from the game for 13 years he came back in 2010 and joined the county circuit again and after his most successful year at this level in 2011 he was rewarded with his selection to the England squad. He made his England International debut at the British Internationals in Cardiff in April 2012. He has been a regular member in the international team since.
However, the floodgates didn’t open and Mark had to wait another four years for his second tournament victory, the England Classic, in which he upset Dutchman Wesley Harms in the final.
The following year was a fruitful one for Mark, for he won the Lincolnshire Open and the British Open. He qualified for his first World Championship in 2016, losing to defending champion Scott Mitchell in the second round and it was another Scott - Waites, this time - who ended his journey last year.
Mark’s biggest successes to date is the back to back Dutch Open champion titles in 2017/2018. The Dutch open is the biggest darts event in the world and attracted entrance levels of 4000 in 2017 and over 5,000 in 2018
Mark is also back to back Winmau World Master runner up for 2016/2017 and the 2018 Isle of Man Classic Champion he beat the current World Champion Glen Durrant in the final 5-4.
Mark narrowly missed out taking the BDO Lakeside World Championship title in January 2018. Mark missed match darts to take the title however, it was not to be. His good friend and Lakeside opponent Glen Durrant was the 7-6 victor. Mark managed to get his revenge the following month but beating Glen in the Dutch Open Final to claim his second and back-to-back Dutch Open title.