A former England international who, until Paul Collingwood stole the honours in June 2005, had the best bowling figures for an Englishman in a one-day international.
His ability to bowl accurately and swing the ball brought him figures of 5-15 against Zimbabwe in January 2000, beating his own previous best of 5-32 against Australia in Perth.
A regular in the one-day side after making his debut against India at The Oval in 1996, when he made 40. Went on to make 64 appearances including five during the 1999 World Cup in England.
His last one-day international outing came against Pakistan during the 2001 NatWest Series.
Widely seen as a limited-overs specialist but he won eight Test caps and enjoyed an impressive debut against India at Trent Bridge in 1996 when he took six wickets and made a half-century.
Began his county career at Kent and spent 14 years there before heading for Nottinghamshire in 2003 on a three-year contract.
His hard-hitting approach at the crease destroyed many bowling attacks and he won the inaugural Sky Sports Sixes League in 2004 with 20 from 359 balls.
That form was repeated in 2005 when he smashed 34 off one over, bowled by Neil Killeen, during a Twenty20 Cup match against Durham.
His bowling was equally successful as he was Nottinghamshire's leading wicket-taker in their championship-winning year of 2005, topping their averages with 56 wickets at just under 21 apiece.
Suffered relegation to Division Two 12 months later, although he won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest first-class century of the season, off 45 balls against MCC.
His season in 2007 was disrupted by injury although he did collect 31 wickets in the LV County Championship.
Despite advancing years, Ealham remained a near ever-present the following season. His batting tailed away after he hit 130 against Kent, but 60 wickets in all competitions ought to keep him in Notts’ plans for another year at least.