2013_Ellse JonathanRight-hand batsman

‘Ernie’ joined Great Melton at the beginning of the 2013 season when he took up a position as General Manager at Barnham Broom Hotel & Spa after having worked at the Barceló Torquay Imperial Hotel and the Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.  A South African who had just moved to Wymondham with his wife Trish and 2 daughters, he was looking for a friendly club that could accommodate his shift patterns so that he could rekindle his love of cricket and, at the same time, provide some coaching for his girls, Megan & Jessica.  With Jonathan’s job restricting him largely to Sunday matches in his first season, he turned out for the Mid Norfolk Sunday League side and found little difficulty against Premier League bowlers.  His 8 appearances brought 284 runs and a top score of 67 not out to leave him top of the Sunday averages and 4th in the overall averages.  His first season also brought him the Sunday Player-of-the-Year Trophy.  Having played against some of South Africa’s top cricketers in his early days, before injury took its toll, he showed that he was still a class act and, following a change in shift patterns then a change of job, he turned in some good performances for both the A and 1st Teams in 2014 but the old injuries kept recurring and he was only able to play 7 times in 2015 and not at all last summer.  With wife Trish who, with Caroline Mawby was the recipient of 2015 ‘Aldous Special Clubman’ Award for her sterling work as barbecue chef, and with their daughters very much part of the flourishing girls’ scene at the club, ‘Ernie’ assisted with coaching on Friday nights last season but the Ellse’s Church commitments mean that they will be unable to commit to Friday cricket this year. However, with the injuries having healed a bit, Ernie does intent to make a playing comeback.  Having scored 604 runs at an average of 27.45 in his 27 appearances that’s good news indeed for A Team skipper Simon Woods.