Coach Support Worker; Right-hand batsman, Right-arm medium-fast bowler.
A larger-than-life character James, known as ‘Jambo’, ‘The Vicar’ or even ‘Buddha’, has been a real asset to the club on and off the field since moving to Melton from Vauxhall Mallards at the end of the 2012 season. His first action for Melton was helping the U14s to the final of the Lords Taverners indoor tournament at the UEA but, in 2013, he played for the U15s, helping them to the Quarter-Finals of the Andy Seeley Trophy. That season he also made his senior debut for the C Team, his incessant chat annoying and entertaining us in equal measure. Not the quickest over the ground, James has very good, safe hands and his slingy, wrong-footed bowling action looks awkward but is very effective. A regular in the Norfolk County sides up to the age of 15, he is also a hard-hitting batsman and, three seasons on from his C Team debut, he is now a member of the A/1st Team squad. At the beginning of 2017 James had played 72 games for Melton, scoring 603 runs with a highest score of 48 not out and taking 82 wickets at just 17.8. James is always keen to help out wherever needed around the club. He has obtained his NCB Young Leader’s and Coach Support Worker’s qualifications and has regularly assisted at Junior Coaching on Friday evenings where the youngsters – especially last year’s U9s – love him! Last year James managed the U11s and has, thus far, has accumulated 136 voluntary hours in the ECB VAwards scheme. His commitment to the club was rewarded with the Alan Barnard Cup for the Young Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Hyperactive and loud, he can be a Manager/Coach/ Teacher’s nightmare but he’s excellent value at fines sessions, a very talented cricketer and, this year, Wymondham College’s Head Boy.