IMG_3310-300x225Level 1 Coach; Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler: Wicketkeeper

Having completed his Geography degree at Plymouth University, we were hopeful that we would see a lot of George during the summer but a serious football injury had put paid to that!  He has already chalked up 222 appearances, has scored 2597 runs, improved his top score to 107, taken 36 wickets, 88 catches and 42 stumpings – quite the all-rounder!   He always attracts a sizeable crowd, mostly made up of Dad, Keith, Mum, Sally and a host of other relatives.  In fact one corner of Melton Park adjacent the bowling green is already known as ‘The Ducker Stand’.  Known simply as ‘Ducker’, George  joined the club in 2007 from Horsford, having enjoyed playing, with his brother Charlie, at Melton’s junior festival in 2006. He became a regular in the Under 15s and, by the end of the season, was keeping wicket for the Under 17s in the Junior Carter Cup Final and for the C Team.   A keen goalkeeper in the winter, George is always happy to throw himself around behind the stumps but he also worked very hard at his cricket and both his glove work and his batting improved steadily.  In 2009, George was voted C Team Player of the Year and Most Improved Player and, in 2010 and 2011, he played regularly in the B Team, the Under 17s and sometimes for the Sunday team before eventually finding his niche as a batsman and occasional bowler at A Team level.  Always polite and cheerful, you will rarely hear George complain and he is a good role model for the club’s younger juniors.  In 2011, he qualified as a Level 1 Coach and, when his studies have allowed, he has helped coached  the juniors on Friday evenings, chalking up 67 voluntary hours in the ECB vCricket Awards Scheme.