Right-hand batsman; Right-arm leg-spin bowler
Having initially played his junior cricket for Old Buckenham, Joe moved to Melton mid-way through the 2008 season and took 15 wickets for the U15 team that has won the South Norfolk Community League title in 2010 and another 11 in 2011. Joe’s not short on confidence or chat and isn’t really fazed by much at all and made the step up to senior cricket in 2010 as a regular in the C team where he posted 38 against Lowestoft B, a precocious innings that had the opposition waxing lyrical about him, even though he and last-man Kyle Mason came close to giving Melton an unlikely victory. As a leg-spinner Joe is still learning his trade but in 2013 he really made his make his mark in senior cricket, playing regularly for the A Team and even, occasionally, for the Firsts. 14 wickets for the As, a best of 4-26 and a decent runs-per-wicket average for a leg spinner of just 17.93 meant that Joe was well in the running for the ‘Most Improved Player’ Award. A break from cricket was then followed by a spell in the army but, on leave for a year, Joe has returned to the club this summer. He does give the ball a tweak and, when he gets it right, does pick up wickets. He’s already taken a century of wickets – 129 to be exact – at just over 22 in 141 appearances at the beginning of 2017. His batting has improved and a first fifty can’t be too far away – his current top score is 41. Keen and concentrated in the field and with very safe hands, he’s back in love with cricket and will turn out for any team that wants him – even at the last minute. He is also willing to help out in other ways and regularly assists with junior coaching on Friday evenings.