Website Administrator; Social/Fundraising Sub Committee Member; Right-hand batsman; Right-arm bowler; Wicketkeeper
Clarkey is only 31 but is remarkably 5th in the club’s aggregate appearance list, having played 574 games, scoring 11,317 runs at an average of 24.23 with a highest score of 130 not out. He is the only one of the club’s outstanding crop of youngsters from 2003-4 to still be playing for Great Melton. He burst onto the senior scene in 2004 with 524 runs for the first team to earn him the Under 19 Batsman of the Year Award for the Norfolk League and the Mercury Series Batsman of the Year as well as our own First Team and Sunday Player of the Year awards. Since that stella year he has struggled to find the same consistency and flitted between the First and A Teams. For the last five seasons Clarkey has played mainly in the First and Sunday sides, winning the Sunday Player of the Year Award in 2015. He is an enthusiastic fielder, and a capable wicketkeeper when he concentrates and lets his gloves do the talking. If one of the attributes of a wicket-keeper is to irritate opponents with an endless stream of verbal drivel, then Matt fits the bill. The only problem is he also irritates his team mates! Matt is a loyal clubman with a fund of ‘boring stories’ to rival the Chairman and his antics make him good for plenty of fines but he actually has a good cricket brain and has proven a capable skipper of the club’s junior sides and the the Sunday side in the past. Having recently moved to Mulbarton with partner Liz and daughter Evie, he has become much more involved in the club behind the scenes. As a member of the Social & Fundraising Sub-Committee he, with Nick Mackenzie, has organised this year’s tour and he has taken on the task of sorting out the club website. He has proved he is a capable batsman at First Team level – he’ll never be a Woody but if he could concentrate on curbing his natural shot-making (especially his favoured pull shot) until he gets himself in, he could be a prolific First Team run-scorer. Generally, though, his record, speaks for itself!