‘Stears’ joined Melton at the same time as Martin Bunn in 2006, following Norwich Union’s decision to withdraw its first team from the Alliance. A brilliant fielder, effective medium pace bowler and destructive batsman, Paul initially played for the A Team taking 18 wickets to help the As gain promotion from Division 5. Paul took 8-23 against Garboldisham in 2007 and, but for a dropped catch, would have surpassed Chris Betts’ best-ever bowling figures of 8-7 set in 1980. He was an important member of the A Team’s Division 4 championship-winning side the following year. A sparky by trade and now working at the UEA, Paul certainly lights up the cricket pitch with his high-energy performances and in 2011 at Stow he got a little too fiery on the pitch he helped the As to another promotion. In 2013, at Mundford, Paul produced perhaps his best-ever individual performance scoring a blistering 129 before following it up with 4-45. Unsurprisingly he was voted A Team Player-of-the-Year. Over the past 2 seasons the loss of players from the top end of the club has seen him back in the 1st Team where he topped the batting averages with 240 runs at 26.67 in 2015. Despite being hopeless with names – he couldn’t the names of the players let alone the parents – Paul managed the successful U11s in 2011. In winter, he is seen trying to keep order on the football pitches of East Anglia having has risen through the refereeing ranks. Stears is now 50th in Melton’s all-time appearance list having played 164 games, scored 2426 runs at an average of 21 and taken 179 wickets & 53 catches.
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Richw(18 / 04 / 2018)First Team to play Great Witchingham ‘A’ Away – 11.30 meet for 12.30 Start.
SteveP(16 / 04 / 2018)Well done to ‘Quizmistress’ Ellie Jakes and the fundraising team for a successful and enjoyable Quiz & Chips on Saturday night. 9 teams of 6 was a good effort to start the social season.
SteveP(08 / 04 / 2018)Thanks to all who helped out at yesterday’s Cricketforce event. Click on ‘News’ for report and pictures.
chris Brook(23 / 03 / 2018)JUST TO CONFIRM CRICKETFORCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED TOMORROW AND REARRANGED FOR APRIL 7TH. Apologies for the late notice here due to a laptop problem.
clarkey1711(13 / 03 / 2018)GMCC Baggy Blues are available – see recent post! All payments are required in advance and will be delivered at Winter nets! I am there again this Wednesday! Clarkey
SteveP(17 / 02 / 2018)Pre-season nets start soon. Click on ‘news’ for full details.
SteveP(11 / 02 / 2018)Senior fixtures, including newly-released Norfolk League ones, now on the website.
clarkey1711(06 / 12 / 2017)Shafty – please see latest posts on FBook and Twitter however this is now on the main site too! 16th December 7.30pm Ribs of Beef!