20016_Greenslade JoeyU19s Captain; Right-hand batsman; Wicketkeeper

Joey, a talented batsman and wicketkeeper, is now an established 1st Team cricketer.  A ‘chirpy chappie’, his experiences in the County U12, U13, U14 and U15s squads and his preparedness to take responsibility at Melton have given him plenty of self-confidence. He captained the U11s in 2010, the U13s in 2011-12, leading them to 3 County finals, the U15s in 2013-14 and the U17s in 2015 and the U19s last year when they reached to ECB T20 Finals.  In 2013 he scored 332 runs for the U15s at an average of 66 to win the Player of the Year Award and, although he initially struggled for form in senior cricket in the B Team, a few games in the Cs and a splendid half-century at Saham Toney proved the turning point.  He followed this with 105 – his first century – for the U15s at Old Buckenham which won him the SNCL Top Batsman Trophy and finished the season keeping wicket and batting for the A Team as they avoided relegation, scoring a superb 70.   Overall the 2013 season was a very successful one which brought him 819 runs and the Most Improved Player Award.  Joey’s progress continued and, in 2015, his 292 runs in the ‘Firsts’ relegation struggle won him the First Team Player-of-the-Year Shield and, last season, he added 308 1st Team runs and a further 275 for the Sunday Team. At 18, Joey has already played 204 matches for Great Melton, scoring 4578 runs at an average of 34 as well as having snaffled 71 catches and 39 stumpings.  He’s also quite a decent ‘occasional’ bowler and has taken 11 wickets.  Joey, a Year 13 student at Dereham Academy, is one of the club’s most talented young players but he also does his bit off the pitch and has chalked up 91 voluntary hours, helping out at junior coaching as well as assisting in the Girls/Ladies section where his sisters, Rebecca and Alice are often in action. Last season, and this, he has also taken on the organisation of the U19s who are competing in the ECB T20 Competition.  He’ll be off to uni in September so we need to make the most of his talent while we’ve got it.