Chris ElliottMidweek A Team Captain; Senior Cricket Sub-Committee Member; Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler

‘Jethro’, starting his 29th season with Great Melton,  is one of the club’s longest serving players and 4th in the overall appearance list, having turned out 603 times. He started his Melton career as a bowler in 1988 when he came to Norfolk to work for Norwich Union and, at the beginning of 2016, had taken 311 wickets at a very respectable average of just under 20 but he is now recognised as a batsman. He has scored 9706 runs – the 4th highest aggregate – including 1 century and 44 half-centuries that included 2 last season. Jethro has been Treasurer, Sunday Captain, First Team Captain, A Team Captain, Midweek Captain and has always been fully involved in the management of the club, organising tours and the six-a-side tournament. Family commitments and his job as Marketing & Fundraising Manager at The Benjamin Foundation mean that he only makes a few weekend appearances these days but, for the 4th season in a row, he will captain the Midweek A Team in the Wicklewood Shield which the club has won in 2015 and 2016.  ‘Jethro’ used to have a reputation for grumpiness when things don’t go his way but he has mellowed with age! Often criticised for the slowness of his run-scoring, a tendency to use his pads outside off-stump, and a habit of refusing singles – unless he’s hit it –  Chris still performs consistently and has very safe hands, being one of the few specialist slip-catchers in the club – probably a good thing as he’s not the quickest in the outfield. He supports home-town club Shrewsbury from afar but has been a Canaries’ fan for years.  Chris organised many tours, including the last Super-Heroes tour to Southampton in 2011, turning-up suitably attired as ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and even finding some portable toilets named after him!  His son Tommy is a member of the Junior Section so Chris is likely to be around for a few more years yet which is good.