Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler; Wicketkeeper; Club Shirt Sponsor
Woody’s very generous sponsorship mean that we carry the name and logo of his company, Anglia Pallets on our shirts. Damien’s been known as ‘Woody’ since the time he was on tour with Hales and somebody decided his black-rimmed glasses gave him a passing resemblance to Woody Allen. He started playing cricket for Hales as a 9-year-old in 1986 but, after 22 seasons, decided to find a club nearer home. At Hales Woody had spells as First Team, A Team and Sunday captain as well as Treasurer and Groundsman. A batsman with 3 centuries to his name and a highest score of 116, he played for Hales First and A Teams before deciding to join Melton. It took him a little while to settle-in and make his mark and he flitted between A and B Teams but, in 2010, he notched his first fifty and, when Jon Moxon stood down, Woody took over as B Team skipper and again led the team in 2011, their third-place finish enough to get them promoted. Woody’s batting had been a bit inconsistent during his hitherto brief Melton career but the unavailability problems that beset the 1st and A Teams in 2015 saw him given a chance in the seconds and he took it in fine style, scoring 256 runs. Playing at Melton Park seemed to suit Woody and he’s remained a regular A Teamer ever since, missing out on his first century for the club by one run last season when he scored 99. He’s not had much opportunity to show whether his slingy bowling action can be effective in league cricket but that ‘secret weapon’ is sometimes unleashed in tour games and friendlies.
Stats: Appearances 157; Runs 3318; H.S. 99; Wickets 7; Catches 48