Coach Support Worker; U11s Assistant Manager: Right-hand batsman; Right-arm fast bowler
Marcus bowls with genuine pace but the problem is that he’s never sure exactly where the ball will land – or indeed IF it will land! If he could only cut out the wides and the beamers he would be a real handful for batsmen so there’s still quite a lot for the coaches to work on! As a member of the successful U11, U13 and U15 squads he’s enjoyed a fair bit of success with Melton with 4 South Norfolk League Championships, 3 County finals and 2 Indoor Zip League titles and, until recently, Marcus has been a bit of a utility man. He did a reasonable job as a wicketkeeper until he grew about 2 feet in a year and decided to concentrate on his bowling! Without really establishing himself in the Norfolk League teams, 2015’s unavailability problems rather thrust Marcus’ into the As and, on one occasion, the 1st Team and he stayed in the A Team last season. The fact that batsmen (and umpires) are not quite so ‘forgiving’ in Alliance cricket maybe hasn’t helped Marcus’ confidence but he has soldiered on and, on his day, his pace can trouble the best of batters. Marcus is an excellent role model. He hardly missed a coaching session himself in his junior days and has been presented with awards for Commitment and Attendance, Best Attitude and, in 2013, Most Improved Player. Having helped out at Friday night coaching and assisted with girls’ matches Marcus has now obtained his ECB Coach Support Worker qualification and is currently helping to coach the U11s. In 2015 he became the inaugural winner of the Alan Barnard Cup for the Young Volunteer of the Year and has already completed 116 hours of volunteering in the ECB Awards scheme. To date Marcus has played 97 times for Melton, taking 43 wickets. He does show some potential as a hard-hitting batsman and is certain to improve on his current top score of 36 not out in the near future.