IMG_3307-300x225First Team Captain; Senior Cricket Sub-Committee Member; Right hand batsman; Right arm bowler.

After a baptism of fire in 2006, Olly is now in his third season as skipper of the First Team and, having led the team to a third-place finish in Alliance Division 3 in 2016, he is hoping achieve promotion back to Alliance 2 this summer.  He joined Great Melton at the beginning of the 2010 season, on returning home from London to continue a career in patent law, play more cricket and live with his partner, Suzanne, daughter of Vice-President Malcolm Scarlett and  a ‘something removed’ relation of the brothers’ Phoenix.  Olly disproves the theory that there’s a lack of sporting talent in the aforementioned family by telling us his other half’s sporting achievements, “are vastly more impressive and interesting than mine!”  Having claimed he was more of a batsman he was duly out for a duck on his debut but since then he has made a big impression in the First and A Teams as a bowler and was a major player in the First Team’s championship ‘double’ in 2010 and 2011 taking 35 wickets.   As Richard Waddell’s Vice-Captain in 2013 he made an even bigger contribution to the First Team’s promotion to Alliance Division 1 finishing top of the batting and bowling averages with 237 runs at an average of 59.25 and 28 wickets at 14.75. He was pipped for the Player-of-the-Year Award by Chris Greenslade but the following year, 2014, he won it outright, taking 31 wickets as, unfortunately, the firsts returned to Division 2.  Olly started his cricket career at Norwich School but he also represented Barleycorns (now Norwich) and Norfolk Under 15s where, as an opening bat, he faced Graham Swann who then played for Northants.  The outcome of that match-up is unknown!   He later studied Biochemistry at Oxford before doing a PhD in Cell Biology at CRUK (London) with Nobel Prize winner Paul Nurse.  During that time he played plenty of football but precious little cricket.  He was soon back into his stride, however, and as well as his economical bowling and impressive fielding, he has proved he can bat too. A quiet, thoughtful leader rather than a fiery ‘up-and-at-‘em’ type, Olly has now played 136 times for Melton scoring 871 runs (Average 16.12) and taking 184 wickets at 18.79.  When not playing cricket or working, Olly likes to relax on the golf course.