David, who lives in Hethersett, joined Great Melton in 2004 having enjoyed several years, with his brother Martin, playing for Norwich Union. Initially, his experience and record in the Norfolk Alliance marked him out as a first team bowler of quality and so it proved and, in addition, he showed himself to be an excellent middle-order batsmen. In 2006 David decided to drop down a level and skippered the As to the Division 5 championship but many years of bowling took their toll and, following a shoulder operation, David concentrated more on his batting and helping the youngsters in the B and C Teams before having a year away from playing in 2010. He made a comeback in 2011 with the ‘shoulder’ even standing up to 43 overs in the First Team’s promotion campaign that yielded 8 wickets. In 2012, he captained the B Team before another attempt to ‘retire’ but, for David, ‘retire’ never quite means ‘stop playing completely’ and, thankfully, we’ve managed to persuade him to don his whites several times since. He has, at the start of 2017, played 142 matches, taking 160 wickets and scoring 1656 runs at an average of 22.37. In his role as the club’s Coaching Coordinator up to 2011, he spent countless hours devising coaching plans or working with the youngsters and has played a major role in the improving the coaching structure and the development of the junior section in recent years. He has also been involved with the County as a junior team manager. A fantastic clubman who received the Aldous Special Award in 2009, ‘Bunny’ is always looking for new ideas to promote the club and encourage youngsters to play cricket or seniors to take up coaching. Although he handed over his Coaching Coordinator’s role to Simon Carding in 2011, he still loves his coaching and remains heavily involved in many aspects of the club, including Chairing the Junior Committee. David’s lack of agility in the field is one of the reasons that he has stopped playing so much but his batting and bowling would still earn him a regular place if he wanted one. Even when his body is creaking he still gives 100%. With son, George and daughter Emma (when home from uni) also involved, David is one of the mainstays of Great Melton C.C.
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