After 7 years at Old Buckenham, Ben, and twin brother Sam, returned to Great Melton in 2014 but, for Ben, it’s been a bit a stop-start return to the club as he’s been beset by injuries, only played 3 times in 2015, and in his first appearance of last summer, managed to break his leg whilst warming-up! However, a spectacular return to action late in the summer saw Ben produce some exciting batting performances culminating in a superb 117 not out. The ‘Mann twins’ originally joined us from Cringleford at the beginning of 2003. Ben is a right-arm swing bowler and right-hand batter who likes to hit the ball hard and to date, in his Melton career, he has played 205 matches, scored 2820 runs at an average of 22.81 and has taken 203 wickets at just above 20. Having played junior cricket for the club Ben made his senior debut for the B Team in 2003 and played a full part in the team winning Division 8. The following season, 2004, he made rapid progress to the First Team and, in 2005 he was First Team Player of the Year with 16 wickets. Voted Most Improved Player in 2006, Ben was in the County squad for two seasons, before leaving the then Norfolk League Melton for Alliance cricket at Old Buckenham. In 2009 Ben took 27 wickets as Old Buckenham were champions of Division 1 of the Alliance and he returned to Melton Park in 2010 with Old Buckenham A to plunder an unbeaten century against Melton First Team. He continued among the runs and wickets and, in 2013, two further centuries followed although Ben had to content himself with mainly 2nd Team and Sunday cricket. Although small in stature Ben is big in personality and a very confident cricketer who is always prepared to take on responsibilities, having captained teams and assisted at Junior coaching in the past. He is currently a nursing student at the UEA and all at Melton are delighted to have him – and Sam – back at the club. He is an excellent all round cricketer with a natural attacking style – he’ll provide us with plenty of entertainment on the field and off – but needs wrapping in cotton wool!
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