2012_Phoenix MikeGroundsman; Executive Committee & Ground Sub-Committee Member; Village Hall Management Committee Member; Right-handed batsman; Wicketkeeper (retired)

Mick is the Groundsman and, as such, one of the most important members of the club. Upset him at your peril! Known to be grumpy when others cannot summon up as much enthusiasm for ‘red thread’ and ‘footmark repairs’ as he can or when bowlers scratch marks on his beloved turf, ‘Snapper’ is a founder-member and club stalwart who hung up his gloves as the end of the 2009 season, having played 634 games for Melton spanning 35 years. First team wicket-keeper until 2000, he has claimed 573 victims (466 caught, 107 stumped). After he dropped down to the A Team, Mike enjoyed one of the highlights of his career at Swaffham where he scored his first-ever 50. Also a useful slow-bowler he provided a major highlight on the 2005 tour match at Wootton, bowling in tandem with fellow wicket-keeper Simon Woods – and both getting wickets! He tends to share the Clubman of the Year Shield with his brother, Steve, winning it for 4 successive years from 1997-2000, again in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 (jointly with the Chairman), 2011, 2012 & 2014. He has Norfolk League medals for Divisions 1, 2 (two), 3, 4 and 6 (twice) as well as 3 League Cup winners medals. He was well known in Norfolk in the 70s, 80s and early 90s as one of the best goalkeepers in the county while playing for Wymondham Old Boys and Wymondham Sunday and enjoyed a couple of seasons for his work side, Archant veterans. He does occasionally make a cameo cricketing appearance in the Patron’s XI V Legends XI match, usually treating us to a masterful display of wicketkeeping.   Having moved to Garden House, opposite the ground, nobody works harder for the club and the immaculate condition of Melton Park is testimony to his expertise.  There are lots of jokes about the ‘grumpy groundsman’ hiding junior cricket balls and preferring the ground when no cricket is being played on it but, really, he spends countless hours on Melton Park and the club couldn’t manage without him…and don’t forget, he’s just a volunteer!  In 2013 he tried his hand at a new skill – mole-catching – and some say he’s even better at that than cricket ball catching! An avid Bruce Springsteen fan with a fondness for a waistcoat, Mike is a fully paid-up member of the “old gits club”.